Guwahati: The Guwahati – Jorhat Town – Guwahati Jan Shatabdi Express, which is known as the first local, fast and comfortable train to run in Assam, has closed its service from September 12 for an indefinite period of time.
The announcement was made by the North-East Frontier Railway authorities due to lack of passengers.
According to Nripendra Bhattacharya, Public Relations Officer, North-East Frontier Railway, the Jan Shatabdi Express operated between Guwahati and Jorhat for the rest of the week except Sunday. Even after the announcement of the lockdown, it was the first local train to run within Assam by NF Railway.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons, the Jan Shatabdi Express had very limited number of passengers that was resulting in revenue loss. For this reason, the railway authorities have decided to suspend the movement of the train.
According to PRO Nripendra Bhattacharya, a total of four long-distance express trains, including three from Assam and one from Tripura, have started operating from September 12. The trains are Dibrugarh-Lalgarh-D Avadh Assam Express (Daily), Dibrugarh-Amritsar-Express (Weekly), Guwahati-Bangalore Express (Three Days Weekly) and Agartala-Deoghar (Weekly) respectively.
Ticket booking or reservation has started from September 10 to reserve seats for the Railways.