Agartala railway station

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Agartala railway station
আগরতলা ট্রেন স্টেশন
अगरतला रेलवे स्टेशन
Indian Railway Station Regional rail, Light rail
Agartala Station.jpg
Location Badharghat, West Tripura Tripura
 India
Coordinates 23°47′34″N 91°16′42″E / 23.79278°N 91.27833°E / 23.79278; 91.27833Coordinates: 23°47′34″N 91°16′42″E / 23.79278°N 91.27833°E / 23.79278; 91.27833
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Northeast Frontier Railway
Line(s) Lumding–Sabroom section
Platforms 3
Tracks 10[1]
Connections Auto Rickshaw, Bus
Construction
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Other information
Status Functioning, Multiple Diesel-Line
Station code AGTL
Zone(s) Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Division(s) Lumding
History
Opened 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Rebuilt 2016; 1 year ago (2016)
Electrified No
Traffic
Passengers 10,000 (approx)
Services
Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Location
Agartala railway station is located in Tripura
Agartala railway station
Agartala railway station
Location in Tripura

Agartala railway station is located 5.5 km (2.96 nautical miles) from Agartala in Tripura, India.[2] It is the second capital city (after Guwahati, Assam) in Northeast India to be connected to the country's railway map, moreover Agartala is the first state capital of independent India to be connected with a rail network.[3] Before 2015 the 413-kilometre (257 mi) route was connected to Lumding with a meter gauge track, but after the gauge conversion in 2016, the track connected directly to Guwahati and the rest of India.

From Agartala an under-construction track has been on the way for a connection towards the extreme Southern end point of the state at Sabroom. There are a total of 21 constructed stations and few under-construction stations in the state, with Churaibari being the last one through the Northern side and Udaipur (functioning & completed till now) to the Southern side. The total length of track from the capital towards the North region's last station is approx. 153 km (95 mi), after which the territory of Assam starts. There are a lot of transportation modes available to reach the city from the station.

History[edit]

Trains first reached Tripura in 1964[4] when the railway was extended to the state's northern business hub, Dharmanagar. Later it was extended further to Kumarghat. The northeastern state capital came on India's railmap with the advent of the railways in the subcontinent in 1853. The foundation stone of the 119 km (74-mile) Kumarghat-Agartala railway project was laid in 1996 by the former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda, and during the laying of rail lines, provisions were kept for swiftly converting it to broad gauge. 40 years time was taken by the Government since then to connect Agartala by rail.

Construction[edit]

A corner view of the station

The NFR had spent Rs 900 crore ($190 million) to connect Agartala by rail by making three tunnels through the Longtharai Valley, Baramura and Atharamura Hills in Dhalai and West Tripura districts. The 1,962-metre (6,437 ft) Longtharai tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in eastern India.[5] The architecture of the station resembles Ujjayanta Palace.

Fatalities[edit]

Construction of railway link started in 1993. To begin with, 36 people railway workers and security forces guarding the tracks died in some 28 rebel attacks during work to link the Northeastern city of Agartala in Tripura state to the rest of the country. A total of 67 people connected with work on the rail link were kidnapped by the rebels. Only 19 were freed after ransom payouts. A raging tribal insurgency in Tripura has ensured that the $186m, 109 km-long (68-mile) link took 15 years to build. But by the mid of 2008 i.e. on 8 June, a new history was created in India, the meter gauge link was completed and Agartala became the second state capital of Northeast India after Assam's capital, Guwahati - to find a place on India's railway map.[6]

Broad-gauge[edit]

Agartala is scheduled to get broad gauge facility by March 2016. Works for conversion in BG a small meter gauge track from Lumding to Silchar in Assam was completed in March 2015 Freight services to Agartala have resumed.

Train services[edit]

One express train till 30 September 2014 used to run between Lumding and Agartala daily. The meter gauge track is converted to broad gauge and hence this service got terminated.

The NFR has suspended train services from Lumding to Silchar, Bhairavi (Mizoram), Badarpur and Agartala routes for gauge conversion work. The mega block activity between Lumding and Silchar was in its first phase. In the second phase, the work was between Badarpur and Agartala, scheduled from October 2015 for another six months. when finally the BG came in action

While announcing suspension of train services from Lumding to Silchar and Agartala from Sunday(28th Sept 2014), the NFR had run a special pair trains between Karimganj and Agartala from 1 October. The NFR general manager (operation) issued a notification wherein he stated that a special pair of passenger trains will run between Agartala and Karimganj.

The following trains runs through the capital station (as of 2017)[7]

   Denotes Express trains
Train Number Train Name Zone Type Departure Days From Time of Departure To Time of arrival
15660 Kanchenjunga Express NFR Express Tuesday, Saturday Agartala 05:15 Sealdah 19:25
55679 Agartala - Dharmanagar Passenger NFR Pass Everyday Agartala 06:15 Dharmanagar 10:15
55682 Agartala - Udaipur Tripura Passenger NFR Pass Everyday (excluding Sunday) Agartala 06:30 Udaipur 07:40
55663 Agartala - Silchar Passenger NFR Pass Everyday Agartala 11:00 Silchar 20:05
14019 Tripura Sundari Express NFR Express Thursday Agartala 14:00 Anand Vihar 12:50
55675 Agartala - Dharmanagar Passenger NFR Pass Everyday Agartala 17:45 Dharmanagar 22:00
55684 Udaipur Tripura - Agartala Passenger NFR Pass Everyday (excluding Sunday) Agartala 17:45 Udaipur 18:55

Link with Bangladesh[edit]

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Dhaka visit in January 2010 brought a golden moment for both the nation, India and Bangladesh both countries had agreed to set up a second railway link between the two countries through Agartala.[8] Government of Bangladesh and Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU in 21 May 2013 for linking Agartala and Akhaura railway stations to connect Bangladesh Railway with the north eastern states.[9] The total length of the track will be 15.054 km, of which only 5 km falls in Indian side and the rest is in Bangladesh. The tracks would be laid in Meter gauge on broad gauge format so that it could be converted into broad gauge when necessary.[10] The project is funded by India and is expected to cost around Rs 271 crore. The External Affairs Ministry had called a meeting of the fourth inter-ministerial steering committee, officials of the Railway Board and other ministries to discuss the pending issues of Agartala-Akhaura railway line project on 29 October 2014.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6 Months’ Time for Broad Gauge Conversion". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  2. ^ "AGARTALA Railway Station - AGARTALA Railway Station Time table- AGARTALA Railway Station code". Onefivenine.com. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Tripura on broad gauge railway map; link to Bangladesh laid". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Agartala now on India's rail map". iGovernment › Infrastructure. Igovernment.in. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  5. ^ The Economic Times. "Agartala comes up on Indian railway map". Indian Railways News January -June 2008. Worldjute.com. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Human costs of new India rail link". News.bbc.co.uk. 27 June 2008. 
  7. ^ roy, Joydeep. "AGTL/Agartala Station - 7 Train Departures NFR/Northeast Frontier Zone - Railway Enquiry". indiarailinfo.com. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Work on Agartala-Akhaura rail link to start soon". Post.jakarta.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  9. ^ "Work on Agartala-Akhaura rail link to commence soon". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Agartala-Akhaura rail link work to start soon". Zeenews.india.com. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  11. ^ "Meeting on Agartala-Akhaura railway link project on Oct 29". Zeenews.india.com. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 

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