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BG Passenger Trial train service in Agartala-Silchar route begins from May 2; Regular service to be delayed by a month
Amitabha Sengupta
BG Passenger Trial train service in Agartala-Silchar route begins from May 2; Regular service to be delayed by a month
PHOTO : BG Train trial run train arrived in Agartala Station. TIWN File Photo

AGARTALA, April 30 (TIWN): Raising the hope of the people Tripura to a new heights North Eastern Frontier Railway has officially announced to start BG Passenger Trail Train in Silchar -Agartala route from 2nd May. In a letter issued from the Office of the General Manager( Operations), NF Railway, Malligaon dated 29/04/2016 announced that NFR has decided to run one pair of Trail Passenger Special Train between Agartala-Silchar for temporary basis in the newly converted BG section. The trial train will run on 2nd May and on 4th May while the second trial train will run on 3rd May and 5th May . The composition of the trial trains will be 2 SLR, 10 GS/GSCZ (12) with one rake . Primary maintenance will be done at Silchar as such facilities along with cleaning facilities are not available at Agartala Station . The trial train will run on 2nd May and on 4th May while the second trial train will run on 3rd May and 5th May . The composition of the trial trains will be 2 SLR, 10 GS/GSCZ (12) with one rake.But the NFR officials categorically mentions that the dates for regular BG train services will be finalised after the declaration of results of the on going Assembly polls of five state. The results will be declared on 19th of May 2016. It means that if everything goes well the process may take one more month to get completed .

Primary maintenance will be done at Silchar as such facilities along with cleaning facilities are not available at  Agartala Station .

It is to be mentioned here that on Friday NFR officials held talks with Chief Secretary Yashpal Singh in the state Secretariat .

In this meeting the NFR officials briefed the CS about the progress of BG connectivity in upto Agartala.

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2) 05663 Dn Agartala-Silchar Trial Passenger Special

However, replying to a suggestion of a citizen of Tripura , NF Railway clearly stated that many of the infrastructural public amenity facilities are yet to come up in Agartala-Badarpur Section. This reply has been given from the Office of the General Manager , NF Railway, Maligaon, Guwahati on 19th of April and has been uploaded in this  PORTAL also.

In its remark NFR stated that trains shall be introduced on completion of all the activities . Thus, the indication is clear that regular train services may be delayed by a few more days. And it is to be mentioned here that presently some mishaps occurred in Silchar area and NFR workers are doing on war time emergency to repair the damage. But such mishaps are common .

The fact is that public amenity facilities are an essential demand before commencing regular BG train services. At present Agartala station lacks many of such facilities . Thus, it is expected that that NFR is looking to start regular BG train services from Agartala keeping May end as a target date.

Meanwhile (obviously for CPI-M political benefit) Chief Minister Manik Sarkar too has told the NFR officials that state gov't will make a gala event to mark the commencement of regular BG train services from Agartala.

It is learnt that state gov't will invite Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to remain present on this occasion. Invitation may also be made to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be here if the PM can make it . 

Tripura's this era with broad gauge railway is certainly a historic gift by Narendra Modi led BJP Govt after Modi took over  the mantle of India in April 2014.

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