New Delhi: On Sunday in Delhi, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu introduced the Tripura Sundari Express, which joins Agartala with Delhi, decades subsequent to the state's leader’s primary demanded rail connectivity. The train will run formerly in a week flanked by Agartala’s railway station and Anand Vihar station in Delhi. It will take 47 hours to cover 2,480 km. The train will offer services to thousands in Tripura and the neighbouring states of Manipur and Mizoram, which along with the other North East states have traditionally been left out in many of the nation’s key discussions. Thousands of citizens collected at the station to mark the flagging off, blowing conch shells and throwing flowers. Representatives from the Indian administration as well as from Bangladesh were at the inauguration occasion.
This incorporated Bangladesh’s railway minister Mazibul Hoque, who connected Prabhu in put down the foundation stone for an India-Bangladesh connection, flanked by Agartala and Akhaura. With the launch of the passenger train, the mountainous border state of Tripura has now been connected with the national capital via Guwahati, Assam's main city which is about 600 km from Agartala. The single-track 227 km metre-gauge link — Badarpur (south Assam) to Agartala was converted into broad-gauge track earlier this year spending Rs 2,016 crore. Former parliamentarians and top Tripura Left leaders Dasaratha Deb and Biren Datta had first raised the demand in the Lok Sabha for an extension of railway network to Agartala in 1952.