Agartala, Oct. 6: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has given the people of Tripura a Puja gift - a direct train between Agartala and Calcutta, which will start on Saptami this Saturday.
The Kanchanjunga Express will operate between Agartala railway station and Sealdah railway station via Silchar and Guwahati in Assam twice a week. A press note, issued by the chief public relations officer of NFR Pranav Jyoti Sharma, said the 15660 Agartala-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express will leave Agartala at 5.15am every Saturday and Tuesday and arrive in Sealdah at 7.25pm on Sundays and Wednesdays.
From Sealdah, the 15659 Kanchanjungha Express will leave at 6.35am every Sunday and Thursday to arrive in Agartala at 9pm every Monday and Friday.
The much-awaited passenger train had been a persistent demand of the Tripura government. On July 31, while inaugurating a direct train between Agartala and Anand Vihar near New Delhi, railway minister Suresh Pravakar Prabhu had assured that he would consider introducing a direct train between Agartala and Calcutta.
Following a fresh demand raised by Tripura transport minister Manik Dey, the NFR decided to introduce the train.
"Total distance from Agartala to Sealdah is about 1,556km. The journey time will be around 38 hours. One air-conditioned three-tier coach and one sleeper-class coach will be available for booking by passengers from Agartala. The train will stop at 38 stations, including Ambasa, Dharmanagar, Karimganj, Badarpur, New Haflong, Lumding and Guwahati before reaching Sealdah," the press note said.
The train will have one air-conditioned two-tier coach, four air-conditioned three-tier coaches, six sleeper-class coaches, four chair cars and four general second-class coaches apart from two luggage-cum-parcel vans.