Guwahati: Premier train Shatabdi Express will run in Assam for the first time between Dibrugarh and Guwahati, in a first in the country’s North-East.
State Railway Minister Rajen Gohain flagged off the first train from Dibrugarh in an opening ceremony on Sunday.
“There was a long-standing demand for better rail connectivity with Guwahati from Dibrugarh and the Dibrugarh-Guwahati Shatabdi Express would fulfil that demand of the people,” said Gohain while flagging off the train.
The Shatabdi Express trains are among the fastest trains of the Indian Railways. “The train would have latest fully air-conditioned LHB Coaches to provide safety and extra comfort.
“Travellers would be provided with bottled water, juice, coffee or tea, and meals relevant to time of day of the journey,” IANS quoted the minister as saying.
Urging people to take care of railway property, he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given special emphasis for the development of the region.
The Shatabdi Express service will have 10 AC Chair Car coaches and 2 luggage-cum-generator cars.
The train will have seven stoppages while the fare from Guwahati to Dibrugarh will be Rs 1,095 and between Dibrugarh and Guwahati will be Rs 1,010. The fare includes food charges for single passenger.