“Tripura is going to connect directly with the commercial city of Mumbai through rail. The Union Ministry of Railways has informed the state government in this regard on Friday. As a result, Tripura will become a trading city. And Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha thanked the Prime Minister and the Railway Minister for the direct connection of the commercial city with Tripura.”
“Because the state will get one more express train as part of the Prime Minister’s HIRA model promise”.
Transport Minister Sushant Chowdhury said these in a press conference in Mahakaran on Saturday.
The minister said that the Lokmanya Tilak-Kamaksha weekly express train will run from Agartala to Mumbai before the upcoming Durga Puja. This express train will depart from Agartala every Thursday at 6 AM and reach Lokmanya Tilak Station in Mumbai at 4:15 PM on Saturday. This express train will again depart from Mumbai at 7.50 am on Sunday and reach Agartala at 7.50 pm on Tuesday. The journey will take 2 days and 7 hours.
The transport minister said that the express train will stop at a total of 7 stations between Agartala and Guwahati on this route. These 7 stations are Ambasa, Dharmanagar, Badarpur, New Haflong, Lamding, Hojai and Chaparmukh.
The transport minister also said that the people of the state will be benefited in terms of job seekers, patients, students, tourists, businessmen etc for this rail service .
On behalf of the state government, Transport Minister Chowdhury expressed sincere thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for the initiative of starting Agartala-Mumbai direct rail service.
In the press conference, the Transport Minister also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given importance to strengthening the communication system across the country. After 2018, the Prime Minister announced to give HIRA model to the state. It is on this HIRA model that the communication system of the state has improved tremendously. The state government is also focusing on improved communication system to build a better Tripura.
He said, as a result of the development of the state’s communication system, 11 express trains from the state are currently plying between different states of the country. Also five local trains are operational in the state.
In the press conference, the Transport Minister said that with the sincere efforts of the Prime Minister, initiatives have been taken to revamp 508 railway stations in different states of the country under Amrit Bharat Station Project. 91 railway stations in North Eastern region are covered under this scheme. For which the cost will be Rs 5,100 crores. Three railway stations in the state are also covered under the Amrit Bharat Station scheme. These are Dharmanagar, Kumarghat and Udaipur railway stations. Rs 96 crore 60 lakh will be spent for the development of these three stations.
In the press conference, the transport minister said that rail communication with Bangladesh will be started soon. Modern escalator to be inaugurated at Agartala railway station.