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Gohain, Rijiju flag off new AC train connecting Arunachal to Delhi


GUWAHATI: Minister of State of Railways  Rajen Gohain and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju flagged off a new weekly express special train from Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh  to Anand Vihar terminal in Delhi at Naharlagun railway station on Thursday  morning.

The Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein, Lok Sabha MP, Nining Ering, senior officials of the government of Arunachal Pradesh and senior officials of railways were among hundreds of people attending the flagging off ceremony.

The Minister of State of Railways, Rajen Gohain, in his speech, lauded the event as a new dawn in the land of Sunrise (Arunachal Pradesh) and said that the new train flagged off was almost at par with Rajdhani Express except that it was named Arunachal Express. He said, once all the support facilities for running Rajdhani service like Pit Line etc., are completed at Naharlagun, a change of nomenclature may be considered. The minister said that the Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking all possible steps to expedite implementation of railway projects in the region.

The minister called upon the local youths to take benefit of the ongoing massive recruitment drive in railways. As many as 90000 posts are being offered for recruitment, which will be done through a transparent online process, he said.

He said that because of issues with land acquisition, the Murkongselek – Pasighat new broad gauge railway line project was being delayed but with the help of the State Government and co-operation of the people the project would be implemented soon. Gohain also said that the Bogibeel project was progressing as planned and once the project was completed, the distance from Rangiya to Dibrugarh would be reduced by almost 200 km.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju spoke of Central government’s eagerness and commitment towards speedy development of the Northeastern region. He said, as many as 11 surveys for construction of new railway lines were in progress for improvement of rail connectivity with Arunachal Pradesh which will transform the socio-economic landscape of the state. He stressed on timely completion of all railway projects and called upon the people to extend co-operation towards the government and implementing agencies to avoid delay in completion of projects.

The new train, numbered as 02411 / 02412, will be called the Arunachal Express and it will be the 14th direct train connecting Northeast with the national capital. The Arunachal Express Special train will have state-of-the-art LHB coaches which are modern and safe. The train will cover the 2103 km distance between Naharlagun and Anand Vihar Terminal in little over 38 hours and will have 14 stoppages en-route. The train will be completely air-conditioned and will have 1st class, Two-tier and Three-tier coaches along with a pantry car.


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