Agartala railway station

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Agartala Railway Station
Indian Railway
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) Agartala-Lumding (currently new lines are under construction as of October 2014)
Platforms 5 (currently new platforms are under construction as of October 2014)
Tracks 3 (currently new tracks are under construction as of October 2014)[1]
Connections Auto Rickshaw, Bus
Construction
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code AGTL
Zone(s) NF Railway, India
Division(s) Lumding
History
Opened 2008

Agartala Railway Station (Bengali: আগরতলা রেল স্টেশন) is located 5.5 km (2.96 nautical miles) from Agartala in Tripura, India.[2] The 413 km route connects to Lumding with a meter gauge track, where finally it bifurcates into a broad gauge track. Agartala is the second capital city (after Guwahati, Assam) in the Northeast India to be connected to the country's railway network, there are lot of modes of transportation are available to reach the city from the station. The lines connect from Lumding with a meter gauge track to Agartala and is almost in its way for a connection towards the extreme end point of the state to sabroom. There are total 14 stations in Tripura with Churaibari being the last one.[3] Total length of track in this state is 153 km (appx) following of which the territory of Assam starts. Agartala is the first state capital in independent India to be connected with rail network[4]

History[edit]

Trains first reached Tripura in 1964[5] 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 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 Longtharai tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in eastern India.[6] The architecture of the station resembles Ujjayanta Palace.

Human lives cost during construction[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 08th of 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.[7]

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[8]

Train Services[edit]

One express train till 30 September 2014 used to runs between Lumding and Agartala daily. The meter gauge track is being converted to broad gauge under Project Unigauge.

List of Trains[9]
Pair Train No. Sector Departure Arrival Stops Distance Frequency
1 15695 Lumding – Agartala 20:55 13:15 MBG, LFG, BPB, KXJ, BRGM, CBZ, DMR, PEC, KUGT, MANU, ABSA, TLMR, JRNA, JGNR 404 km Daily
15696 Agartala – Lumding 14:10 08:30

The NFR is suspending train services from Lumding to Silchar, Bhairavi (Mizoram), Badarpur and Agartala routes for gauge conversion work. The mega block activity between Lumding and Silchar is in its first phase. In the second phase, the work will be between Badarpur and Agartala, scheduled from October 2015 for another six months.[1]

While announcing suspension of train services from Lumding to Silchar and Agartala from Sunday(28th Sept 2014), the NFR has decided to run a special pair trains between Karimganj and Agartala from October 1. The NFR general manager (operation) issued a notification wherein he stated that a special pair of passenger trains will start from Agartala and Karimganj at 9.30 am everyday and reach their destinations at 5.30 pm the same day. Similarly, a train will leave Agartala at 9.40 am and will reach Karimganj at 5 pm.


Agartala - Karimganj MG Passenger Special (UnReserved)[10]
Pair Train No. Sector Departure Arrival Stops Distance Frequency
1 05263 Agartala – Karimganj 09:30 17:30 24 halts 204 km Daily

Train has a Limited Run from 30th March 2014 to 30th September 2015

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.[11] Government of Bangladesh and Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU in May 21, 2013 for linking Agartala and Akhaura railway stations to connect Bangladesh Railway with the north eastern states.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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