AGARTALA, July 23 - Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu would flag off regular direct broadgauge train service between Delhi and Agartala on July 31, official sources said here.
General Manager (GM), NFR HK Jaggi has already formally communicated the information to Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik about flagging off of the direct train service between Delhi and Agartala.
Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey accompanied by Chief Secretary Yaspal Singh and Chief Engineer of NFR Harpal Singh on Saturday visited Agartala railway station where the direct train service between Delhi and Agartala would be flagged off. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain would be present in the function.
The service was supposed to be flagged off last month but it could not take place due to massive destruction on the track near Microndissa in Assam. After a long battle, the NFR has resumed the train service last week by creating a diversion. Now, the track is ready for train movement.
Dey further said Prabhu would also lay the foundation stone for the Indo-Bangla train service on the same day.
�The State Government plans to organise a rally to mark the historic occasion. Besides Railways Minister, the Chief Minister and senior Railways Board members are expected to join the foundation stone-laying ceremony�, he said.
The 15-km trail track from Agartala to Gangasagar would revive direct train service between Agartala and Bangladesh.
The DoNER has already sanctioned Rs 90 crore for taking up land acquisition process for the ambitious railway project. After getting the fund, the district administration has already initiated land acquisition process so that work could be begin at the earliest.