By A Newsman
Silchar, 06 October: A very good news for the people of Tripura this Durga Puja! On the day of Saptami, 08 October, when the four-day national festival of the Bengalis kicks off, Tripura capital Agartala will get a direct train to Kolkata.
Northeast Frontier Railway today announced that the Kanchanjungha Express will now also run between Agartala and Sealdah twice a week, thus meeting the long-standing demanding of the tiny state, which is home to the Bengalis in India after West Bengal and Barak Valley.
The first run of the train from Agartala will be on 08 October Saturday. According to Northeast Frontier Railway chief spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma, the 15660 Agartala-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express will leave from Agartala at 05.15 am every Saturday and Tuesday, arriving at Sealdah in Kolkata at 07.25 pm on Sunday and Wednesday.
In the return leg, the 15659 Sealdah-Agartala Kanchanjungha Express will leave Sealdah at 06.35 am every Sunday and Thursday, reaching Agartala at 09 pm every Monday and Friday.
The train will have one AC two-tier coaches, four AC three-tier coaches, six sleeper class coaches, four chair cars, and four general second class accommodations, apart from two luggage-cum-parcel vans.
Out of this, One AC three-tier and one sleeper class coach will be open for reservation by passengers from Agartala.
Total distance from Agartala to Sealdah is about 1,556 km and the train would complete the journey in about 38 hrs. The train will stop at 38 stations en route including Ambasa, Dharmanagar, Karimganj, Badarpur, New Haflong, Lumding, and Guwahati.
The train will not only benefit the people of Tripura, but will also come handy to people living in the Karimganj district in Barak Valley through which the rail line passes.
On 31 July this year, Tripura had got its first broad gauge train in the form of Tripura Sundari Express that runs once a week between Agartala and Anand Vihar in New Delhi. From Agartala it starts every Monday, and from Anand Vihar every Thursday.