The inaugural run of the historic Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus Service today turned nightmarish when the bus could not even trundle out of Nabanna – the secretariat – in Kolkata because of a technical snag, Statesman News Service reports.
The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee was to flag it off in the presence of the deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh Zokey Ahad at 4:00pm.
The bus was supposed to carry journalists, ministers and bureaucrats to Dhaka on an 11-hour trip to coincide with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh on June 6. Modi is being accompanied by Mamata Banerjee, who is expected to reach Dhaka on 5 June.
The journalists and the VIP entourage, who were stranded near the airport for more than three hours, described it as a “disaster”. Sources said the government was making arrangement for an alternative bus.