New Delhi, 23 March 2022: Freight trains are already running from India to Bangladesh and Nepal. Running of such trains depends upon demand from trade and capacity in these countries to receive and handle the freight trains. Although, there is no set target for increasing share of trade through rail, various steps have been taken for increasing freight trains to Bangladesh and Nepal like increase in interchange points for running freight trains; diversification of cargo and use of different types of wagons; assistance in development of rail infrastructure in these countries; amendments to Rail Service Agreements for running freight trains; etc. The details of such trains are as under:-

Year Number of freight trains for
Bangladesh Nepal
2019-20 660 1128
2020-21 1335 1015
2021-22 (till February, 2022) 1395 980

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic & Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.