Silchar, July 8: It has been a long pending demand of the devotees and followers of Sree Sree Thakur Anukul Chandra across Northeast to have a direct train from Agartala to Deoghar. It was no doubt a day of rejoice for the devotees when the Minister of State of Railways, Rajen Gohain along with Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb flagged off the Agartala-Deoghar Weekly Express during a ceremonial function held at Agartala station on Friday. In his speech, Chief Minister of Tripura expressed his satisfaction for fulfilling the long standing demand of about 14 lakh devotees of Sree Sree Thakur Anukul Chandra from Tripura and other states of Northeast will now be able to travel to Deoghar which is a very important place of pilgrimage for them. Rajen Gohain said the new train connecting the land of Tripura Sundari Temple with Baidyanath Dham has fulfilled the longstanding demand of people of the region.
It is the 12th train to be introduced in Tripura since December 2016. The capital city of Agartala has already been connected with New Delhi, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. The train will cover the distance of 1462 km between Agartala and Deoghar in about 39 hours. From Agartala, the train will leave every Saturday at 10 pm and reach Deoghar at 1 pm on Monday. While returning, the train will leave Deoghar every Monday at 6.45 pm and reach Agartala at 8.15 am on Wednesday. It will traverse through the states of Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. The train will have 20 stoppages in its journey including Agartala, Ambasa, Dharmanagar, Badarpur, Lumding, Guwahati, Rangiya, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Khagaria and Bhagalpur.
The new train has many advanced safety features which include highly crashworthy Centre Buffer Coupler which will minimize injury to passengers in case of any accident. The AC 3-tier fare from Agartala to Deoghar would be about Rs.1600 per person and the fare in sleeper class would be Rs.580. It is pertinent to mention here that the first BG passenger train linking Agartala with rest of the country was started on July 31, 2016. Since then, 10 more pairs of trains have been introduced in Tripura including a Rajdhani Express. This information has been shared with The Sentinel by Pranav Jyoti Sharma, chief public relations officer, NF Railways.