New train service for Tripura towns

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Agartala, Nov 29 (UNI) The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has launched a new passenger train between Agartala and Dharmanagar (two extreme destinations of north and south) from today, following the demand of Tripura government.

NFR sources here said with the launching of the train, the passengers would be able to make to and fro journeys between the destinations in a day, which was not possible earlier.

As per the schedule, the train would reach Agartala at 1000 hours from Dharmanagar. At 1500 hours, the same train would return to Dharmanagar and only four hours would be required for the travel.

However, NFR authorities have not yet restarted the train service between Agartala and Lumding in Assam, due to inadequate security and demanded to ensure security in North Cachar Hill area for safe movement of trains to the state.

State Transport Minister Manik Dey told mediapersons here today that the Tripura government had already taken up the matter with Assam government as well as the Centre.

Railway service in Tripura has been affected for the past two days, following threat from militant outfit Dimasa Black Widow.

The NFR authorities had suspended six trains, moving between Lumding and Badarpur road, and made it clear that they would not be restarted unless adequate security was provided.

They had also suspended the night service of both passenger and goods trains on Lumding-Badarpur road from Tuesday in wake of the threat from DBW militants, which disrupted train movement in Tripura and South Assam.

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