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Arunachal train services to resume from September 1

The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting held by Chief Minister Pema Khandu with NFR general manager Anshul Gupta here on Thursday, where the former called for the resumption of rail services from the state capital, halted since the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government and Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) on Thursday decided to resume train services in the frontier state from September 1.

The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting held by Chief Minister Pema Khandu with NFR general manager Anshul Gupta here on Thursday, where the former called for the resumption of rail services from the state capital, halted since the Covid-19 outbreak.

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It was decided in the meeting that except for the Donyi-Polo Express that shuttles between Naharlagun and Guwahati, the other two train services – Shatabdi (Naharlagun-Guwahati) and the AC Express (Naharlagun-Delhi) would resume from September 1 next, an official statement said.

The Donyi-Polo Express is awaiting finalisation of fares/rates which is under review. Once done, the train too would resume its services, officials informed.

Khandu also urged to introduce train services from Naharlagun to states in south India.

“With many travelling to southern states for studies, jobs, treatment, etc and having a large chunk of government employees hailing from these states, there’s an urgent need to have direct train services at least till Bangalore via Chennai,” he said.

Gupta informed that NFR is open to the proposal and would work on its feasibility and routes and come back to the state government.

He also informed that NFR is under process to extend electric locomotive services in the region. At present, electric engine train services are available till New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, from where diesel engines take over.

Gupta said overhead electricity lines will be reaching Guwahati by this month and surveys are on for laying of the same till Naharlagun railway station here.

Other issues discussed were, rail connectivity to Pasighat, availing of train services by FCI and IOCL, transport of agri-horti products from the state, railways for tourism, etc as well as the role NFR can play in creating centres of excellence in sports in Arunachal Pradesh.

State chief secretary Naresh Kumar and other top officials of NFR were also attended the meeting. 

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