India launches direct trains between Agartala and New Delhi
India’s Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday flagged off the much-awaited passenger train “Tripura Sundari Express” from Agartala linking Tripura’s state capital with New Delhi.
“Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) had provided a vision for the development of northeastern states and Indian Railway has taken a holistic approach towards it,” said Prabhu.
The beginning of the passenger train service between Agartala and Delhi has ended decades-old demand of the people of this state bordering Bangladesh.
The weekly passenger train would run on the newly laid broad-gauge track, between Agartala and Anand Vihar station of Delhi covering a distance of around 2,480 km in 47 hours.
“The Agartala-Delhi 14019/14020 Tripura Sundari Express will start from Tripura at 2pm on every Thursday and it will reach Delhi at 12:50pm on Saturday,” said a government official.
During the flagging-off ceremony, Bangladesh Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain and several other top officials of the Indian and Bangladesh government were present.
The railway ministers of India and Bangladesh jointly laid the foundation stone for Agartala-Akhaurha railway project.
“The strategic line which will be a gateway to India’s northeastern region will be a part of larger Trans Asian Rail network,” said Prabhu.
“Agartala-Akhaurha line will also facilitate much shorter connectivity between Agartala and Kolkata.”