Sept 13, 2018 (LBO) – Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu has revealed that his country was proposing a 2,800 km long high-speed rail link between China’s Kunming and India’s Kolkata via Myanmar and Bangladesh.
According to Indian media reports, the rail route was aimed at boosting trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor.
“With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities,” Zhanwu said.
“It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality.”
It is, however, not clear the project has been proposed to New Delhi through formal channels and fall under the One Belt, One Road initiative of China.
This rail link was initially discussed at the Greater Mekong Subregion meet in Kunming in 2015.