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Featured Image: A file photo of Agartala railway station.

By A Newsman

Silchar, 31 August: THE RAILWAYS will suspend both passenger and goods train services between Karimganj town in Assam and Tripura capital Agartala from 20 September because of a mega-block to covert the railway tracks from metre gauge to broad gauge.

The move will, for the time being, cut off the train link to Tripura from the rest of India as Karimganj route happens to be the only rail connection that Tripura has at present.

According to Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Bora, the mega-block will be taken up on the Badarpur – Kumarghat – Agartala rail section from 1 October and the block will continue until 31 March next year. The target is to complete the 222 km gauge conversion work in these six months.

As a result of this, the 05263 Agartala – Karimganj Passenger Special, and the 05264 Karimganj – Agartala Passenger Special will stop plying from 20 September. The train services on Karimganj-Bardarpur-Silchar route are already under suspension for over six months now for a similar gauge conversion work.