Dibrugarh-Murkongselek ‘Sewa Service’ Train Will Boost Connectivity: CM Sonowal

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Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal inaugurated nine 'Sewa Service' trains
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The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on October 15th, 2019, said that the Dibrugarh-Murkongselek ‘Sewa Service’ train, which was launched by the Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal today, will boost the connectivity between the North and the South bank of the Brahmaputra river.

He further said that the sewa trains will bring immense benefits and fulfil a longtime dream of the common people.

In a bid to connect the smaller towns with the major towns across the country, the Indian Railway on October 15th, 2019, launched nine ‘Sewa Service’ trains in the country.

Addressing the inaugural session of the trains, Union Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal said, “These Sewa trains will provide connectivity to the far-flung areas where stoppages of premiere trains were not possible. These trains will act as link trains to serve the common man of the country.”

Besides, Goyal pointed out that it is a unique concept to start these Sewa trains with layover/ spare rakes as a part of ‘sweating of assets’ initiative by the Indian Railways.  “This was part of strategies of Indian Railways to have better utilization of the rolling stock without any requisition for new rolling stock,” he added.

He further added that Railways has taken transformational steps like cleanliness campaign in Railway premises across the country, Wi-Fi facility at 5000 Railway stations, Installation of Bio toilets in coaches to clean the tracks, Ayushmann Bharat facility in Railway hospitals across the country.

He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision to transform Railways as the engine of growth in the economic and social development of the country.

These trains will run on the ‘Hub and Spoke’ model, thereby facilitating passengers to use these trains to reach the ‘Hub’ for availing onward journey to other major stations. Indian Railways plans to run more trains on a similar model to serve the passengers of smaller towns and cities.

The ‘Sewa Service’ trains were launched in eight states. Four trains will run on a daily basis and other five will run six days a week.

The trains are:

  • Murkongselek – Dibrugarh Passenger (Daily) – Assam
  • Vadnagar – Mahesana DEMU (6 days a week) – Gujarat
  • Asarva  –Himmatnagar DEMU (6 days a week)- Gujarat
  • Karur – Salem DEMU (6 days a week)- Tamil Nadu
  • Coimbatore – Pollachi Passenger (6 days a week)- Tamil Nadu
  • Coimbatore – Palani Passenger (Daily)- Tamil Nadu
  • Yesvantpur – Tumkur DEMU (6 days a week) – Karnataka
  • Bhubaneswar – Nayagarh Express (Daily) – Assam
  • Delhi – Shamli Passenger (Daily)

Photo credit: Bhaskar Hindi, @PiyushGoyalOffc

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