GUWAHATI, May 17 - The �Passenger Special� trains, services of which were started on May 12, have so far ferried more than 5,000 commuters to the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone from other parts of the country.
�Till today morning, more than 5,000 passengers travelled by the 02424 New Delhi-Dibrugarh Passenger Special in four trips. Similarly, nearly 4,500 passengers boarded and de-boarded in stations within NFR zone by making journey on the 02423 Dibrugarh-New Delhi Passenger Special. It is evident that many people are availing the newly introduced facility of such passenger special trains,� said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.
He added that a weekly Passenger Special train service will start from tomorrow and it will connect Agartala in Tripura with New Delhi. It is intended to provide connectivity to the people of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram, apart from the districts of Barak Valley.
The Ministry of Railways had on May 12 restarted passenger train services by initially starting with the running of 15 pairs of Passenger Special trains in specific routes connecting 15 important cities of the country with New Delhi.
In the NFR zone, the 02423/02424 Dibrugarh-New Delhi-Dibrugarh (Daily) Passenger Special started running from New Delhi with effect from May 12 and from Dibrugarh with effect from May 14 with stoppages only at Mariani, Dimapur, Lumding, Guwahati, Kokrajhar, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar Junction, Barauni Junction, Danapur, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction, Prayagraj Junction and Kanpur Central stations during its journeys both ways.
The 02501/02502 Agartala-New Delhi-Agartala (Weekly) Passenger Special will run from Agartala with effect from May 18 and from New Delhi with effect from May 20 with stoppages only at Badarpur Junction, Guwahati, Kokrajhar, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar Junction, Barauni Junction, Patliputra, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction and Kanpur Central stations during its journey both ways.
Besides the Passenger Special trains, thousands of stranded people have also reached the NFR zone on the Shramik Special trains.