Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually flagged off Assam’s first Vande Bharat Express as a part of the move by Indian Railways to avail joy of travelling for the people of northeast.
The Vande Bharat Express will boost business and tourism by connecting key destinations such as Kamakhya Temple, Kaziranga Sanctuary, Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam, Shillong and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh,” said PM Narendra Modi
The state-of-the-art Vande Bharat train was flagged off by the Prime Minister through video conferencing.
#WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually flags off the inaugural run of Northeast’s first Vande Bharat Express train in Assam. The northeast-bound Vande Bharat will run between New Jalpaiguri Station in West Bengal and Guwahati in Assam. pic.twitter.com/HVIfAEkYCY
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The Prime Minister will also dedicate New Bongaigaon–Dudhnoi–Mendipather and Guwahati–Chaparmukh newly electrified sections to the nation. He will further inaugurate the new DEMU/MEMU (workshop for trains) shed at Lumding here.
It is the first of its kind premium semi-high speed aesthetically designed, well-equipped fully Air Conditioner service between Guwahati in Assam and New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.
“Before 2014, Railway’s budget for North East was ₹2,500 Crore. Now it is more ₹10.000 crore, which is 4X growth. All parts of the Northeast will soon be connected via the broad-gauge network. ₹1 lakh crore is being spent on the same,” said PM Narendra Modi.
It’s a proud moment for us that PM Modi will flag off the Vande Bharat Express today. It will connect Assam and West Bengal. I thank PM Modi and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma told ANI
It is a matter of happiness that PM Modi will flag off the Northeast’s first Vande Bharat Express today. Earlier it was ‘Look East’ but now its ‘Act East’, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw later told ANI