The first broad gauge freight train has entered Mizoram putting the northeastern state to India’s railway map.
The train loaded with food grain entered the state, exactly 16 years after the gauge conversion project covering 84.25 kms was sanctioned.
It also became the first step towards taking the railway line farther south so that the capital of Mizoram, Aizawl, finally finds a place in India’s railway map three years later.
Mizoram Transport Minister John Rotluangliana, who received the train, said the arrival of the “large train” was a significant milestone in the history of Mizoram.
The operation of larger trains means transportation of essential foodgrains easier, cheaper and safer. It would also ensure that people could purchase commodities at lower prices.
Mizoram requires about 40,000 tons of rice per month, which is transported from other states of India by railway as well as road.
“With Monday’s BG train to Bairabi, Mizoram becomes the third Northeastern state after Tripura and Manipur to have got BG connectivity during this financial year,” Pranav Jyoti Sharma, CPRO at the Northeast Frontier Railway headquarters said. Passenger trains will start plying immediately after the safety inspection got over.
Imphal, Kohima and Shillong are the other three state capitals in the region which have yet to find place in India’s railway map.