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New train from Kamakhya and New Jalpaiguri
Published on 29 Mar. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Fulfilling the promises made by the Railway Minister, Mamata Banarjee, in the Parliament during the Railway Budget presentation last year, three new trains were inaugurated simultaneously from Kamkhya and New Jalpaiguri on March 26.
The 5644/5643 Kamakhya–Puri Express (weekly) from Kamakhya was flagged off by MPs, Bijoya Chakravarty, Birendra Prasad Baishya and Bhubneswar Kalita in the presence of Additional General Manager, N. F. Railway Vipin Jha, senior railway officials and hundreds of others at Kamakhya railway station at 11.30am.
Starting from Kamakhya at 23.45 hrs every Thursday, the train will cover a distance of 1526 km in about 32 hours to reach Puri at 8hrs on Saturday. In the return directions the train will start from Puri at 22.15 hrs on every Saturday to reach Kamakhya at 04.20 hrs on Monday. Regular service of this train will start from Kamakhya from 1st April and from Puri from 3rd April.
The train also has stoppages at Goalpara town, New Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Alipurduar Jn. Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri, Kishanganj, Barsoi, Malda Town, New Farakka, Azimganj, Katwa, Nabdwipdham, Bandel, Howrah, Kharagpur, Bhadrak, Jaipur Keonjhar, Cuttak, Bhubneswar and Khurda Road as per the public time table published in November 2009.
While speaking on the occasion, MP Vijaya Chakravarty lauded the efforts of Railway Ministry in improving rail connectivity in this region and hoped developmental activities of this region will get impetus. MP Birendra Prasad Baishya also lauded the railways for providing a direct link between two pilgrimage centres of the country – Kamakhya and Puri – and requested for more train services including one from Guwahati to Mumbai. He also asked the railway authorities to fill up 9000 vacant posts of Group C & D employees with local unemployed youths.
MP Bhubneswar Kalita said that the northeastern region is getting more and more attention from the government and this was a welcome step. Earlier, Vipin Jha, Additional General Manager, N. F. Railway in his welcome address elaborated the various efforts taken for better train services for all sections of the society and to extend rail connectivity to far-flung areas. He also elaborated the various under going projects for development of this area.
Meanwhile two trains, 2523/2524 New Jalpaiguri – New Delhi Bi-weekly Express and 5765/5766 New Jalpaiguri – Alipurduar Jn.Intercity Express (daily) were inaugurated from New Jalpaiguri Railway station by Mukul Roy, Minister of State for Shipping, Govt. of India in a function organised at New Jalpaiguri Railway station. The regular service of New Jalpaiguri – New Delhi Bi-weekly Express will leave from New Jalpaiguri at 8.15am on every Tuesday and Saturday reaching New Delhi the next day at 12.20am – taking about 28 hrs covering a distance of 1512 kms. In the reverse direction, this train will leave New Delhi at 3pm on every Wednesday and Sundays reaching New Jalpaiguri at 6.35pm in the following day. The train will have stoppages at Kishanganj, Katihar, Kagaria, Rusera Ghat, Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Hajipur, Sonepur, Chhapra, Siwan, Deoria Sadar, Garakhpur, Gonda, Lucknow, Muradabad and Gaziabad.
On the other hand, the regular service of New Jalpaiguri – Alipurduar Jn. daily Intercity Express, will leave New Jalpaiguri at 5.45am reaching Alipurduar Jn. at 9.30am. In the reverse direction it will leave Alipurduar Jn. at 3.35 PM and will reach New Jalpaiguri at 7.35pm. The train will have commercial stoppages at Siliguri Jn., New Mal Jn., Banarhat, Dalgaon, Hasimara and Kalchini.

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