In view of a severe fuel crisis in Tripura due to disruption of vehicular movement on the damaged NH-8, the state government demanded fuel by rail after being was brought on the broad gauge map.
A broad gauge train was flagged off between Agartala and Delhi on Sunday.
“We have submitted a memorandum to the railway minister on Sunday, charting out eight demands including dispatch of fuel,” transport minister Manik Dey said on Tuesday. “It seems he is taking a very proactive role to meet our demands. He immediately directed the rail officers to discuss the matter with IOC (Indian Oil Corporation Ltd). Later the officials of the rail and IOC met in the state guest house.”
Vehicular movement on the National Highway 8 has been seriously affected for the last three months due to damage at Karimganj in Assam following incessant rain and waterlogging.
Dey said the other demands include introduction of four trains within Tripura to connect Agartala with Dharmanagar, the northernmost town in the state, and direct trains from here to Chennai and other big cities of the country.
The rail minister on Sunday announced that a direct train between Agartala and Kolkata would be introduced this month.
Dey also demanded inclusion of Tripura in the Trans-Asian rail network.
After the Trans-Asian railway network is established, Tripura could be included in the network if a 257-km rail track is laid from Tripura’s Jawharnagar in Dhalai district with Kalay of Myanmar through neighbouring Mizoram’s Darlon, Dey said.