Aimed at improving people-to-people contact, the bus is expected to foster friendships and contacts between the residents of the two neighbouring countries and slated to be officially launched next month.

Bangladesh Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Joint Secretary Md Azharul Islam Khan said they halted at Sylhet for the night before resuming their journey at 7:30 am on Saturday. The security and custom checks took nearly three hours causing an additional delay to the journey that should have been completed within nine hours travel time, he told reporters.

Khan added the minor glitches will be worked out between the officials of the two countries and expressed hope the bus would make a daily run in the very near future. Among the other concerns, according to Khan, was the narrow old iron bridge at Dawki and also the snaky climb up the hills from Dawki onwards where the road is under construction.

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