New Delhi | Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today launched a long-distance train from Kamakhya in Assam and a passenger train from New Coochbehar in West Bengal. Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi Express, flagged off from Kamakhya Junction through video conference here, will travel a 2,005 km distance traversing through seven states Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan.
This train was a long-pending demand which we are fulfilling today to facilitate movement of pilgrims from northern and eastern parts of the country to Kamakhya, Prabhu said after launching the train. The weekly express service will take 52 hours and 45 minutes to complete the journey from Kamakhya in Assam to Bhagat Ki Kothi in Rajasthan. Prabhu said the train will not only connect north India with the northeast but will also help lakhs and lakhs of pilgrims visiting the Maa Kamakhya Temple.
The New Coochbehar-Siliguri passenger service was flagged off from New Coochbehar station. The local train would cover 176 km journey in five-and-a-half hours. We are trying to provide maximum connectivity in north-eastern states and we want to do it with cooperation from all, Prabhu said. He said the connectivity through local train between New Coochbehar and Changrabandha in West Bengal will benefit all sections of the society including daily passengers and businessmen.
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