The passenger train from Silchar will cover a distance of 210 km in eight hours to reach Guwahati through Lumding, reducing the travelling time by four hours.

Earlier, it took 12 hours to cover the distance on the metre gauge line. Describing the event as 'historic', Prabhu said, "People of south Assam are getting an important railway connectivity with rest of the nation. Today, we are introducing a new train between Guwahati and Silchar after conversion of Lumding-Silchar metre gauge line into broad gauge."

Broad gauge connectivity to Silchar is expected to benefit the people of Barak Valley and also to the other Northeastern states like Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur.

Promising to introduce more trains in the Northeast region in the near future, Prabhu stated, "Goods trains are already running in this section since March 2015. The BG conversion will fulfill the long cherished demand of the people of Barak Valley to have a seamless connectivity."

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