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Rajdhani Express finally connects Agartala with Delhi

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Agartala, October 28, 2017: The Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain on Saturday flagged off 20501/20502 Agartala – New Delhi (Anand Vihar) Rajdhani Express at a ceremonial function held at Agartala Railway Station making Agartala the 3rd Northeastern Capital city to be connected to National Capital. Governor of Tripura, Tathagata Roy, Ministers in Tripura Government - Badal Choudhury and Manik Dey, Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Shankar Prasad Dutta and Jitendra Chowdhury among the dignitaries present at the function. 

Senior Railway officers led by General Manager Chahatey Ram and hundreds of enthusiastic people attended the function.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said that since the new government took charge at the Centre three years ago, the northeastern region has been given special attention and at present a number of railway construction works are simultaneously being undertaken in the entire Northeast. He said, funds were never a constraint for realising developmental works in the region and the Central Government believes in a holistic approach for development which is not narrowed down by region-specific consideration.

Gohain said, among all the north-eastern states Tripura got best of rail connectivity under the current government. He also said that he had intervened personally to provide the shortest possible route for the new Rajdhani Express so that the people of the state get faster connectivity with the national capital.

The new Rajdhani Express train will leave Agartala at 18.30 hrs on every Monday and reach Anand Vihar (New Delhi) at 11.20 hrs on Wednesday. During the return journey, the train will leave Anand Vihar at 19.50 hrs of Wednesday to reach Agartala at 12.30 hrs of Friday. The train will cover a distance of about 2457 km in about 41 hours.

The train will have 01 First-Class AC coach, 02 Two-Tier AC coaches and 08 Three-Tier AC coaches besides one Pantry Car and two Generator-cum-luggage vans. The train will have Flexi-Fare in AC 2 Tier and AC 3 Tier. The train will have commercial stoppages at Dharmanagar, Badarpur, New Halflong, Hojai, Guwahati, Kamakhya, Rangiya, Barpeta Road, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Barauni, Patliputra, Mughal Sarai and Kanpur. Commercial stoppages would be also provided at New Karimganj after completion of certain formalities very soon.