Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday flagged off Vistadome train services from Naharlagun to Tinsukia and Shatabdi Express from Guwahati to Naharlagun.
Inaugurating the Vistadome train services, CM Sarma said that the services will boost the tourism sector of Northeast along with Assam.
“The Vistadome coaches which was first introduced to Haflong has already attracted the tourists and people now-a-days flock to Haflong after the Vistadome coaches have been started,” he added.
Taking To twitter CM Sarma wrote, “To boost connectivity & tourism in Assam & ArunachaI Pradesh, I flagged off Guwahati-Naharlagun Shatabdi Express & Naharlagun-New Tinsukia Vistadome Express along with extending existing Vistadome services till Badarpur in presence of Hon Union MoS for Ralways.”
On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu also flagged off the Naharlagun-Tinsukia Vistadome Train service at Naharlagun rail station.
To boost connectivity & tourism in Assam & ArunachaI Pradesh, I flagged off Guwahati-Naharlagun Shatabdi Express & Naharlagun-New Tinsukia Vistadome Express along with extending existing Vistadome services till Badarpur in presence of Hon Union MoS for Rlys Smt @DarshanaJardosh. pic.twitter.com/KKEQGutjvC— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 19, 2021
He jointly flagged of the Naharlagun-Guwahati Shatabdi Vistadom service.
At Guwahati, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Transport, Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Assam; Bimal Bora, Minister of Sports & Youth Welfare, Cultural Affairs, Power and Tourism, Govt. of Assam, Queen Oja, MP (Lok Sabha) and Anshul Gupta, General Manager of N. F. Railway were present.
At Naharlagun station, MP (Rajya Sabha) Nabam Rebia and MLA Techi Kaso were also present.
The #Vistadome railway service reaches Arunachal to enable people to travel in style and comfort.— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) December 19, 2021
Flagged off Naharlagun-Tinsukia Vistadome train today joined virtually by MoS @DarshanaJardosh Ji.
The Naharlagun-Guwahati Shatabdi Vistadom service was also flagged off. pic.twitter.com/3286LX4re0
Moreover, existing Vistadome service between Guwahati and New Haflong have been decided to extend up to Badarpur to fulfil the demand of tourists.
In a press release, NFR PRO informed that the Vistadome coaches are equipped with state of the art glass windows and all glass roofs for providing view of the open sky, mountains, tunnels, bridges, hills, tea gardens and lush green forests to the tourists.
It will also have observation lounges for the purpose of site seeing.
The rotational seats of the coach are designed to provide added comfort to passengers.
Coaches are also provided with digital entertainment system and Wi-Fi facilities. Tourist can enjoy the entire travel by enjoying infotainments like movies, music videos etc.
Wi-Fi based passenger information system is also provided. For safety of passenger, CCTV cameras and Fire Alarm System are also installed.
The regular services of Train No. 12087/12088 Naharlagun – Guwahati – Naharlagun Shatabdi Express with Vistadome coach will resume w.e.f. 20-12-2021.
The train will run three days a week leaving from Naharlagun on every Monday, Tuesday and Friday and from Guwahati on every Monday, Thursday and Sunday.
The train will depart from Naharlagun at 06-45 hours to reach Guwahati at 12-30 hours and from Guwahati at 13-45 hours to reach Naharlagun at 19-45 hours.
The train will cover a distance of 343 Kms and have stoppages at Harmuti, Viswanath Charali, Rangapara North, New Misamari, Udalguri, Tangla and Rangiya stations.
The regular services of 15907/15908 Tinsukia – Naharlagun – Tinsukia Vistadome Express will resume w.e.f. 21-12-2021. The train will run five days a week leaving from Tinsukia on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and leaving from Naharlagun on every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The train will depart from Tinsukia at 16-00 hours to reach Naharlagun at 21-45 hours and from Naharlagun at 05-30 hours to reach Tinsukia at 10-40 hours.
The train will cover a distance of 225 Kms and have stoppages at New Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Bordoloni, Gogamukh, Boginadi, North Lakhimpur and Harmuti stations.
The existing services of Train No. 15888/15887 Guwahati – New Haflong – Guwahati have been extended to run up to Badarpur w.e.f. 22-12-2021.
The Train No. 15888/15887 Guwahati – Badarpur – Guwahati will leave from Guwahati at 06-45 hours to reach Badarpur at 14-20 hours and leave from Badarpur at 15-15 hours to reach Guwahati at 22-45 hours.
The train will cover a distance of 341 Kms and have stoppages at Maibong, New Haflong and Jatinga Lumpur stations.
Guwahati – Naharlagun route is surrounded by the tea gardens and tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty of Himalayan range in north and green covers of tea gardens on either side of the track. Vistadome services from Naharlagun will provide breath-taking views of Brahmaputra River, the tea gardens, rain forests along the track and views of mountains of Himalayan range.
The route also covers historic cities of Assam. Tourism sectors of this area will reap the benefits from these new services.