New Delhi: Bangladesh dispatched a cargo truck to India over the weekend as part of a trial run under the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA), a press statement from the Indian high commission in Dhaka said Monday.

The truck, loaded with garments is bound for New Delhi via Benapole-Petrapole-Kolkata and Lucknow, the emailed statement said.

The truck reached Kolkata on 28 August on the first leg of its run from Dhaka and would reach New Delhi on 1 September, it said.

In another effort aimed at increasing connectivity between India and Bangladesh, the two countries will organise a trial run of the Kolkata-Khulna bus service on 30 August, the statement said.

The bus service will be flagged off by West Bengal transport minister Suvendu Adhikari and aims at enabling operators and transporters “to understand the practical issues involved in plying on the route and the data collected from this will form a basis for regular cargo and passenger movement being proposed under BBIN MVA," the statement said.

The BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement was signed at the BBIN transport ministers meeting in Thimpu, Bhutan, on 15 June last year.

The pact was signed after Pakistan opposed a road connectivity pact mooted by India among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in November 2014.

Called the SAARC Motor Vehicles Agreement, it was to be signed along with the Saarc Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation and Saarc Regional Railways Agreement, but Pakistan objected to it citing the lack of internal approvals.

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