Gohain flags off Humsafar Express

Gohain flags off Humsafar Express

GUWAHATI, Jan 5: Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain flagged off the 12503/12504 Agartala-Bangalore Cantonment Weekly Humsafar Express at a ceremonial function held at Agartala railway station today.

Minister of Transport, Power, Urban Development, Rural Development (Panchayat) Manik Dey, Lok Sabha MP Sankar Prasad Datta, Member of Tripura Legislative Assembly Dilip Sarkar, NF Railway General Manager Chahatey Ram, NFR (Construction) General Manager M K Prasad, senior railway officials and other state government officials were also present.

Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister said that railway infrastructure development in Northeastern region has got an impetus in the last three years and all the projects are progressing in full swing. He said, problems like shortage of funds have been taken care of and there are a lot of new plans for the region.

Gohain said, connectivity of the region is priority of the present government and railway is executing several projects for bringing in better connectivity and economic development for the region.

The Minister said that Railway Ministry had decided to introduce DEMU train in Tripura soon. He also promised to look into possibility of increasing frequency of the Agartala-Anand Vihar (New Delhi) Rajdhani Express and introduction of a train connecting Tripura with Jharkhand.

The NFR GM, in his welcome address, reiterated Indian Railway’s commitment for development of the Northeastern region and for providing better service. He said the new Humsafar Express flagged off by the Union Minister has state-of-the-art facilities like GPS based passenger information system, passenger announcement system, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTVs, comfortable seats, mobile and laptop charging points, integrated Braille display, fire retardant curtains and other facilities. The train would be fully air-conditioned and would have dynamic fare structure. The base fare shall be slightly higher than the normal base fare of AC-3 tier superfast Mail/Express trains, he said.

The Agartala-Bangalore Cantt Humsafar Express will cover 3542 Kms distance in 64 hours and will have 28 stoppages en-route. Regular service of the Humsafar Express will however commence from Agartala from January 9. It will be initially a weekly service leaving Agartala on every Tuesday at 5 am and reach Bangalore Cantt at 9.15 pm on Thursday. Form Bangalore Cantt, the regular service will commence from Jan 12. It will leave Bangalore on every Friday at 10.15 am to reach Agartala at 3.45 am on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Minister flagged off the 1st passenger train on newly-commissioned Udaipur-Garjee section of the Agartala-Udaipur-Sabroom new BG line at Udaipur. Delivering the welcome address, the GM of NFR (Construction) said that the Garjee to Belonia section of the Agartala-Udaipur-Sabroom new BG line would be commissioned by the end of this year.

Tripura Forest, Rural Dev and Election Minister Naresh Chandra Jamatia, Members of Tripura Legislative Assembly, Madhab Chandra Saha, Pranajit Singha Roy and Lok Sabha MP Sankar Prasad Datta were present at the function attended by hundreds of enthusiastic audience.

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