First Janshatabdi train between Manipur, Tripura and Assam to boost trade and tourism

Agartala / Imphal, January 9 (IANS): The first Janshatabdi Express train connecting three northeastern states – Assam, Manipur and Tripura – was reported on Saturday by Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Speaking on the occasion, Union DoNER (Northeast Regional Development) Minister G. Kishan Reddy said the long-awaited rail service would boost trade and tourism in the region. northeast region.

The tri-weekly Janshatabdi service from Manipur to Tripura via Arunachal station in southern Assam Silchar would connect some important cities like Silchar, Badarpur, New Karimganj (all in Assam), Dharmanagar and Ambassa (in Tripura) outside from Jiribam (Manipur) and Agartala (Tripura) – the two terminal stations.

According to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) public relations director Guneet Kaur, the train ride will cut travel time in half as the ride will be around six hours covering a distance of 300 km versus around 12 hours of travel. on the way.

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.

Minister of Railways Vaishnaw said the train would be a link connecting the culture of the northeastern states.

The proposed Imphal-Moreh rail section (along the India-Myanmar border) would be a very strategic line, due to which relations between India and other Southeast Asian countries would be very important , he said, adding that efforts would be made to speed up the work of the Agartala-Akhaura railway project (Bangladesh).

The departure ceremony took place in virtual mode between the Railway Board in Delhi, the office of the Chief Minister in Imphal and the stations of Jiribam and Agartala.

Besides Vaishnaw and Reddy, Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb, his counterpart from Manipur N. Biren Singh, Central Ministers Pratima Bhowmik and Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, and Chairman and CEO of VK Tripathi Railway Council were, among others, present at different places during the inauguration of the ceremony.

The NFR CPRO said this rail service will boost the trade, tourism and transport sector in the northeast region.

There was no direct train between Manipur and Tripura and only one train runs between Agartala and Silchar, also in the morning.

The Janshatabdi Express will now provide direct connectivity to residents of Manipur traveling to Tripura for educational and health facilities and residents of Tripura will also have the opportunity to visit Manipur for trade and tourism, thus boosting the overall economy. of the region, said the Kaur. .

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