Indore: The city got a direct link with North-East part of the country on Friday as Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off weekly Indore-Guwahati Express (19305/19306) via Patna. The train will cater to needs of people from four states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam. The train will cover the entire journey in 48 hours.
The train will also connect the city with world famous Devi Kamakhaya temple too. In a function held at platform number one, Mahajan flagged off the train at 12.11 hours. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu gave the green signal via video-conferencing from Goa.
Mahajan also flagged off Rewa-Indore train to Dr Ambedkar Nagar (Mhow). The train has been extended up to Mhow. She also dedicated electrified Indore-Mhow section to the public.
The new train will fulfill the long pending demand of people of Bihar. On Friday the train departed as a special train. The regular weekly train will depart every Thursday, beginning July 13, from the city at 14 hours.
The train will reach Guwahati at 14:20 hours on Saturday. During its return journey, from July 16, train will operate on every Sunday at 5:15 hours. It will reach Indore at 7:10 hours on Wednesday.
Reservations will open from Saturday. The regular train will have 22 LHB coaches, including 12 sleeper coaches, 3 AC III tier, 1 AC-II, general coaches and 2 SLR (luggage van).
On this occasion MP Savitri Thakur, MLAs Usha Thakur, Sudarshan Gupta and Mahendra Hardia, mayor Malini Guad, Passenger Amenities Committee member Nagesh Namjoshi and Anju Makhhija and members of ZRUCC and DRUCC.
City to be a major hub of railway services: Mahajan
Addressing the function, LS Speaker Mahajan gave a peep into the future of city railway station. She said that currently broad gauge is available only up to Mhow. However, after completion of BG work of Mhow-Khandwa section, of two major under-commissioned new rail line projects (Indore-Dahod and Indore-Manmad) the city will become a hub of railway services in Malwa region. Rau railway station would also become a major hub where trains from all three directions would come together. Thus Rau railway station would have to be developed as a satellite railway station.
Railway Minister Prabhu highlights importance of city
Addressing the gathering via video-conferencing, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu highlighted the importance of MP and particularly Indore. He said that Indore is known for its historic as well trade importance.