Manipur is at last going to be included in the railway map of India. A Rajdhani Express from Silchar in Assam entered Manipur on Friday for the first time having a rail line of 11 km. Railway officials at Silchar boarded the passenger train, which came up to Vaingaichungpao station in Tamenglong district bordering Nagaland.
Railway officials halted briefly at the Silchar Railway Station, where they hosted the Indian flag and sang the national anthem. Officials said that the service will soon be formally inaugurated by the Railways Minister.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh called the major milestone for Indian Railways a “historic moment” since it was the first time a direct connecting route to Manipur’s Vaingaichunpao railway station was established.
“Historic moment for Manipur as the first trial run of a passenger train from Silchar to Vaingaichunpao in Tamenglong was successfully conducted on Friday,” twitted the Manipur CM.