Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tripurasundari – All the way from North East

Sabroom - Chittagong distance
I was planning for a north-east trip on last May for 17 days. Due to some personal reasons I had to cancel that journey in last moment. One problem I faced while planning was - so many places to visit but limited transportation facilities. Even if I want, I wouldn’t be able to visit all North Eastern States due to lack of quick links between them. It is indeed hard to build railway tracks and 4/6/8 lane roads through those mountain ranges.

What make me smile now is the news that, rail track to Agartala became broad-gauge and new train Tripura Sundari express started running between Tripura and New Delhi. A regular train service between Agartala and Kolkata will start on next month.

Government also started working on a direct link between Agartala and Akhoura (Bangladesh), which will allow passengers and commodities to travel seamless across the border.

Tripura is located very close to Bay of Bengal in maps; but without any direct links, as it is separated by Bangladesh territory. Now a new rail track will be extended to Sabroom (the southernmost city in Tripura). The best part is, this town is just 60km from Chittagong Seaport. This will make the movement of goods from rest of India to North East very easy. For e.g. from Chennai, Visag, Paradip, Kolkata etc to Chittagong and then from there to other north-eastern states of India through rail and road.

Next time when I go there an itinerary through Tripura's rail network is definitely in the plan.


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