GUWAHATI, November 19 (IANS) India’s longest train, the Vivek Express, which travels 4,189 km across nine states, will now run twice weekly from Dibrugarh in Assam, Northeast Border Railway (NFR) officials said Saturday.
Sabyasachi De, NFR’s head of public relations, said the railway authority had decided to increase the Vivek Express frequency on the DibrugarhKanniyakumariDibrugarh route from weekly to biweekly.
Vivek Express, which previously only operated from Dibrugarh on Saturdays, will now operate every Tuesday from 22 November.
Likewise, trains that previously only operated from Kanniyakumari on Thursdays will also operate every Sunday starting November 22.
The train, which has 59 stops along the 4,189 km route, started operating on November 19, 2011. For the past 11 years, the train has served the community tirelessly, said CPRO.
NFR, one of India’s 17 rail zones, operates wholly and partly in six of eight northeastern states, excluding Meghalaya and Sikkim, seven districts of West Bengal, and five districts of Bihar.