Agartala: Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw flagged off Agartala-Jiribam Janshatabdi Express and Jiribam-Agartala Janshatabdi Express virtually on Saturday.
Underlying the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure a strong communication infrastructure in the northeast, Vaishnaw said with the introduction of Jan Shatabdi express, Tripura is reconnected with Manipur after a few centuries, which will be intended further gradually up to Imphal.
The union minister also mentioned that a study was underway to improve rail connectivity in the Northeast, attempting to promote the rich heritage of the region and showcasing its beautiful culture to the world.
G Kishan Reddy along with Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Pratima Bhoumik, Biplab Kumar Deb and N Biren Singh also took part in the event.
Several initiatives have already been undertaken to establish sustainable and strong railway connectivity in the region and many more are coming.He pointed out that studies are being conducted to establish strategic railway lines to highlight the beauty of the northeast, and start more passengers, intercity and Jan Shatabdi Express-like trains among the important destinations of the region and added that all the capitals of the northeast have already been connected.
While applauding the Central government for undertaking initiatives for all-round development of northeastern states in general and Tripura in particular, Chief Minister Deb said within the shortest possible time Prime Minister has given Rajdhani express and Tripura Sundari express connecting Agartala with the national capital, Humsafar to connect Bangaluru, several other direct trains to Kolkata, Guwahati, Deoghar and Habibganj.
“Not only Tripura, but all the northeastern states have also got sustainable railway connectivity during Modiji’s tenure, which had been a dream for the people of the region for last 75 years. Besides, road connectivity and air connectivity even to the smallest towns of the northeast have seen a sea improvement in last seven years. Our prime minister has the vision to elevate the northeast with the rest of the country and eliminate the work ‘backward and landlocked,” Deb attributed.
The Agartala-Jiribum and Jiribam-Agartala Jan Shatabdi will run from both stations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The train will have 10 coaches including two AC chair cars, two-second class chair car cum brake vans and six-second class chair cars, which will cover 300 KM distance in six hours.
As per the schedule, Agartala-Jiribum Jan Shatabdi express will start at 6 AM and reach Jiribum at 12 pm connecting the important city of Barak Valley Silchar at Arunachal station. In return, the journey from Jiribum train will start at 4 PM and reach Agartala at 10 PM thrice in a week from January 10 next.
The train will have stoppages at Ambassa, Dharmanagar, New Karimganj, Badarpur and Arunachal.