By A Newsman
Silchar, 10 November: AFTER lying defunct for nearly 20 years, Mahisasan railway station on Bangladesh border in Barak Valley today came alive again with the railways minister flagging off train services on the newly converted broad gauge track.
This is a crucial development as Mahisasan is part of the Trans-Asian Railway route that is to enter from Myanmar into India in Manipur and then travel up to Mahisasan before entering Bangladesh.
It will then again enter India at Gede in Nadia district in West Bengal, thus providing a seamless rail connectivity right from Thailand to Kolkata via Mahisasan.
With the formal flagging off being done today by the railways minister Suresh Prabhu through remote from Maligaon in Guwahati, two passenger trains will now run six days in a week from Mahisasan beginning tomorrow. One of it will run 10 km distance to Karimganj; the other up to Silchar, which is at 60 km distance.
The 55685 Maishasan – Silchar Passenger will leave Maishashan at 06 am and reach Silchar at 08.35 am on all days except Sunday.
On the return journey, the 55686 Silchar – Maishashan Passenger will leave Silchar at 03.25 pm to arrive at Maishashan at 06.30 pm on all days except Saturday.
On the other hand, the 55662 Karimganj – Maishashan Passenger will leave Karimganj at 05 am to arrive at Maishashan at 05.25 am on all days except Sunday.
On the return journey, the 55661 Maishashan – Karimganj Passenger will leave Maishashan at 07 pm and reach Karimganj at 07.30 pm on all days except Saturday.