Itanagar welcomes its first passenger train

Published on : Thursday, April 10, 2014

blue-train-from-ooty-300x225Itanagar became the second state capital among the eight north-eastern states after Guwahati to be put on the railway map of India.


The train with 10 passengers and two goods compartments, towed by a diesel engine, left Dekargaon at 7a.m. and arrived at Itanagar at 12.30 p.m., covering a distance of 181 kilometers on the 7th of April.

The engine made its maiden trial run from Harmutty to Naharlagun terminus on January 14 last while a high-level team led by Planning Commission member (North East and Power) BK Chaturvedi had inspected the Harmutty-Naharlagun onJanuary 17 last.

Former railway Minister Ram Villa Paswan after inaugurating the passenger’s reservation system here on May 20, 1997 had announced the Harmuti-Naharlagun railway line, while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced train service in his massive package for the state on January 31, 2008.

Passengers were engaged in shooting videos with their mobile phones as the train arrived. Most of them, including families and groups of young boys and girls, got down smiling and expressed their happiness at the service.


Many were busy taking pictures. Many people from the Capital Complex had arrived at the station to be part of the historic event.


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