Assam has got its first Shatabdi Express. On Sunday, the Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain flagged off the train from Dibrugarh. The new Shatabdi Express train with train number 12085/12086 will run between Dibrugarh and Guwahati.
“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 trains are counted among the fastest and most prestigious trains of Indian Railways along with Rajdhani and Duronto trains.
Rajdhani and Duronto are developed from the point of view of tourism, pilgrimage or business and therefore connect metro cities with other important cities.
“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,” said the minister.
He urged the rail users to take care of the railway property and consider it to be their own. He also urged the people not to damage the interior or exterior of a good train like Shatabdi and keep it clean.
Mentioning PM Modi’s special emphasis on the development of northeastern region, Gohain assured the state that the Railways would continue work for the betterment of the region.
There will be 10 AC Chair Car coaches and 2 luggage-cum-generator cars in the train. The train will have seven intermediate stoppages. The total fare, which includes charges for food, for one adult passenger from Guwahati to Dibrugarh will be Rs 1,095 and between Dibrugarh and Guwahati will be Rs 1,010.