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New Direct train from Agartala to Deoghar flagged off

Chief Minister of Tripura Shri Biplab Kr. Deb and Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain today flagged off the 15625 / 15626Agartala- Deoghar Weekly Express train during a ceremonial function held atAgartala station. Minister of Transport, Govt of Tripura Shri Pranajit Singha Roy, Smt Jharna Das Baidya, Hon’ble MP, Rajya Sabha, Shri Sankar Prashad Datta, Hon’ble MP Lok Sabha, Ram Prasad Paul, MLA, Nisith Ranjan Bhattacharjee from Satsang, General Manager, N. F. Railway Shri Sanjive Roy, Divisional Railway Manager of Lumding Division Shri Ashish Sharma, senior railway officials and other state government officials were also present at the flagging off ceremony besides hundreds of audience.

In his speech, Chief Minister of Tripura expressed his satisfaction for fulfilling the long standing demand of about 14 lakhs devotees of Thakur Anukul Chandra from Tripura. Devotees will now be able to travel to Deoghar, which is a very important place of pilgrimage with comfort.

Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in his speech said that this new train connecting the land of Tripura Sundari Temple with Baidyanath Dham fulfilling a long-standing demand of people of the region. It is the 12th train to be introduced in Tripura since December 2016. The capital city of Agartala has already been connected with New Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

The train will cover the distance of 1,462 km between Agartala and Deoghar in about 39 hours. From Agartala, the train will leave every Saturday at 22.00 hrs to reach Deoghar at 13.00 hrs of Monday. In the return direction, the train will leave Deoghar every Monday at 18.45 hrs to reach Agartala at 08.15 hrs of Wednesday. It will traverse through the states of Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. The train will have 20 stoppages in its journey including Agartala, Ambasa, Dharmanagar, Badarpur, Lumding, Guwahati, Rangiya, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Khagaria and Bhagalpur.

The new train introduced today has many advanced safety features including highly crashworthy Centre Buffer Coupler which will minimize injury to passengers in case of any accident. The AC 3-Tier fare from Agartala to Deoghar would be about Rs. 1,600/- per person and the fare in sleeper class would be Rs. 580. The new train will traverse through the states of Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand providing connectivity to a large number of people of the entire eastern India.

It may be mentioned that the first BG passenger train linking Agartala with rest of the country was started o­n 31-07-2016. Since then, 10 more pairs of trains have been introduced in Tripura including a Rajdhani services introduced o­n 28-10-2017 and Humsafar Express to Bangalore introduced o­n 05-01-2018. The train flagged off today would be the 12th pair of train services introduced in Tripura since July 2016. The capital city of Agartala has already been connected with New Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)

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