SILCHAR, Nov 20 - The first passenger broad-gauge (BG) train will chug off from Silchar to Guwahati tomorrow. The first broad-gauge train with 15 coaches carrying passengers from Silchar will leave for Guwahati at 10 am.
The 210-km meter-gauge line was earlier closed down in October 2014 with an assurance that it would be reopened in 6 months as a broad gauge line. However, it was delayed for nearly a year.
NF Railway General Manager Mohammad Jamshed said today that Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu will flag off the 55616 Silchar-Guwahati fast passenger train through remote control on Saturday at 10.30 am from Rail Bhavan, New Delhi, while Minister of State (Railways) Monoj Sinha and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will be present at the Silchar railway station in person.
�This will be a special run for the broad-gauge passenger train and we are happy with the preparatory arrangements. This looks to be a very popular train as the tickets have already been sold out. Along with the 40 lakh people of the Barak Valley here, we are also looking forward for the start of the BG service,� Jamshed said.
The General Manager informed that other trains will soon be running on this route and railways will reconsider the timings to facilitate the passengers here.