Agartala: The first Janshatabdi Express train connecting three northeastern states: Assam, Manipur and Tripura, was marked on Saturday by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
Speaking on the occasion, DoNER (Northeast Region Development) Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy said that the long-awaited train service would give a big boost to trade and tourism in the northern region. -East.
The three-week Janshatabdi service from Manipur to Tripura via Arunachal station in South Assam’s Silchar would connect some major cities such as Silchar, Badarpur, New Karimganj (all in Assam), Dharmanagar and Ambassa (in Tripura). apart from Jiribam (Manipur) and Agartala. (Tripura) – the two terminal stations.
According to the head of public relations for the Northeast Border Railway (NFR), Guneet Kaur, the train journey will cut travel time in half, as travel time will be about six hours and covers a distance of 300 km against about 12 hours of travel. road.
The link between two cultures …
Jiribam marked – Agartala Jan Shatabdi Express. pic.twitter.com/qId6iv5JMd
– Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) January 8, 2022
Reddy expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the vision of working with the ‘HIRA’ model (H for Highway, I for Internet, R for Railways and A for Airways) for the development of the Northeastern states.
Railway Minister Vaishnaw said the train would be a link that would connect the culture of the northeastern states.
The proposed Imphal-Moreh railway line (along the India-Myanmar border) would be a very strategic line, so the relationship between India and other Southeast Asian countries would be very important. , he said, adding that efforts would be made to expedite the process. work on the Agartala-Akhaura railway project (Bangladesh).
The flag handover ceremony took place virtually between the Delhi Railway Board, the Office of the Chief Minister on Imphal and the Jiribam and Agartala railway stations.
In addition to Vaishnaw and Reddy, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, his Manipur counterpart N. Biren Singh, Central Ministers Pratima Bhowmik and Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, and the Chairman and CEO of the Railway Board , VK Tripathi, were present, among others, in different places during the inauguration. ceremony.
The NFR CPRO said that this train service would give a boost to the trade, tourism and transport sector in the North East region.
There was no direct train between Manipur and Tripura and only one train runs between Agartala and Silchar, this also in the morning hours.
The Janshatabdi Express will now provide direct connectivity to the people of Manipur going to Tripura for educational and health facilities and the people of Tripura will also have the opportunity to visit Manipur for trade and tourism, boosting the global economy of Manipur. the region, Kaur said. .