Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb (right) wrote a letter to Union railways minister Piyush Goyal requesting him to make changes in trains travelling from Agartala Credit: File image

Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has thanked Union railway minister Piyush Goyal for his proactive support to the state in connecting with other parts of the country through the Indian Railway network.

He also requested the Union minister to make changes in the route of Agartala-Deoghar express to Agartala-Rampur Hat via Dumka-Deoghar instead of Bhagalpur-Khagaria, Monger-Deoghar.

“The changes in route would save a good 42-km journey time and distance can be reduced. This step will also add to the revenue earnings of the railway ministry,” a letter to the minister reads.

In the letter, Deb also urged the minister to take measures so that the Agartala-Deoghar Express train, which takes halts for three days in Agartala, does that at Deoghar instead. This step would benefit the Tripura passengers (mostly pilgrims) for reducing their trip days.

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“Most passengers travelling on the Agartala-Deoghar Express are vegetarian and therefore, attaching a vegetarian pantry car would greatly take care of the worries of the passengers who are mostly pilgrims,” the letter reads.

Referring to reports that the railway reservation ticket counter in the premises of Satsang at Deoghar will be withdrawn due to poor broadband service, the letter reads, “If such steps are taken this will add to the sufferings of the passengers.”

Deb also requested the railway minister to consider attaching the green bogie service for the transport of perishable agriculture products (fruits and vegetables) in refrigerated and non-refrigerated wagons with the Kanchanjunga Express.

“Agartala-Sealdah Kanchanjunga Express may be extended upto Udaipur, headquarters of Gomati district, Tripura considering the fact that Udaipur is one of the important tourist places of Tripura famous for Tripura Sundari Temple and the additional distance to be covered in only 44 km,” the letter added.

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