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Itanagar got its first passenger train

Apr 8, 2014 17:01 IST

Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh on 7 April 2014 received its first passenger train. With this Itanagar became the second state capital after Guwahati among the seven sister north-eastern states plus Sikkim to be placed on the railway map of India. The train includes 10 passengers and two goods compartment and will be carried by a diesel engine.

The train’s first journey started from Dekargaon and ended at Naharlagun after covering a distance of 181 km. During the journey the train carried about 400 commuters has also put Itanagar on the country’s railway map. First ticket of the train for Naharlagun at Dekargaon railway station was bought by CD Sharma for 35 rupees.

Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India announced the plan of introduction of train services in his package for the state on 31 January 2008.

The maiden trial run of the engine was done on 14 January 2014 from Harmutty to Naharlagun terminus. Further, the same line was inspected on 17 January 2014 by a high-level team led by the Planning Commission member (North East and Power) B K Chaturvedi.

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