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Train service for passengers to Tripura, parts of NE will resume from July 22

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 16, 2022

Agartala: Passenger train service to Tripura and parts of the North East, suspended for more than two months due to massive landslides in the Lumding-Badarpur section in Assam, is expected to resume from July 22, a railway official said on Saturday.

On the first day, Kanchanjunga Express will depart from Sealdah Railway Station in Kolkata for Agartala. The downhill train service will begin its journey on July 23, the following day, Northeastern Frontier Railway said public relations manager Sabyasachi Dey.

The Deoghar Express will also leave Agartala on July 23 and New Delhi-Agartala Tejas Express is expected to resume service from July 26, Dey told PTI.

The NFR has announced the resumption of rail service to Tripura and other parts of the North East from July 22. All long-distance trains will gradually resume operations, he said.

The devastating landslides, triggered by an unprecedented downpour on May 14, completely severed rail links and caused extensive damage to an 83 km long railway line spread over several stations. Rail services running through the Lumding-Badarpur section have been disrupted at Cachar in Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.

The badly damaged railway line was cleared in the northern hill of Cachar in Assam by the NFR authority on a war footing. The freight train service started on July 12 between the Lumding-Badarpur section. Now, passenger train service will resume from July 22, he said.

The NFR has not canceled any tickets booked two or three months ago. Ticket holders can travel as usual and people are allowed to book tickets from today,” he added.

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