Janshatabdi trains launched between Manipur and Tripura
Responding to the long-standing demand of residents of Manipur, Tripura and South Assam, the first Janshatabdi express train was signaled by Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw and Minister of Development of the Northeast Region ( DoNER) G Kishan Reddy.
The train would connect Manipur and Tripura via Assam.
The inaugural special trains were reported simultaneously at Agartala and Jiribam stations.
Reddy said the special trains will be a crucial link to important cities and give a major boost to passenger connectivity, commerce and tourism.
He said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the Northeast region is making significant progress towards development.
“The Prime Minister’s priority to the northeastern states is evident as budget allocations have almost doubled over the past 7 years, from Rs 36,107.56 crore in 2014-2015 to Rs 68,020 crore in 2020-2021, “he said.
The Minister added that with the unprecedented development initiatives and the growth of infrastructure, the North East region is poised to become the growth engine of the rest of India.
The Minister also pointed out that the region is naturally endowed with abundant resources and the Ashtalakshmi states have their own inherent potential to become global hubs in different sectors, be it agro-horticulture, organic farming, textiles, tourism, etc.
He said that good connectivity is the key to making progress on all fronts and realizing the true potential in all sectors and spoke of the government’s efforts to constantly work towards the PM’s “HIRA” development model which gives priority to highways, information channels (Internet), railways and airways.
The Minister also expressed his gratitude to Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw for the various initiatives undertaken by the railways to improve connectivity in the rugged and rugged terrain of the region.
The Minister highlighted 14 new railway line projects which have been undertaken at a total cost of Rs. 56,553 crore and that the Capital connectivity project opens new doors of opportunity in almost all sectors and lays the foundation for a further development.
The minister also dwelled on the crucial Agartala-Akhaura project which is currently under development at a cost of Rs 972.5 crore connecting India to the Bangladesh rail network – and is of considerable economic and strategic importance.
Ashwini stressed that the Prime Minister has a special place in his heart for the North East region and has always urged all stakeholders for the speedy execution of projects in the North East region.
The trains were reported by video link from the Railway Board in the presence of the chief ministers of Manipur and Tripura.