By the year end, the most prestigious train connecting Kolkata and north Bengal is all set to change route. As said by the GM – eastern railway, the existing route of Darjeeling Mail via Burdwan-Bolpur is too congested. It would reduce the load along the existing route and help people of Murshidabad-Azimgunj because till date people from Murshidabad come to Kolkata to board north Bengal bound trains because there are no trains to north Bengal connecting Murshidabad.
“The Murshidabad-Azimgunj link is expected to be commissioned by the end of December, 2017. There were problems with land acquisition but we have received tremendous help from the state government. Once this happens, we plan to run trains like Darjeeling Mail through Murshidabad.These trains will then pass through Azimgunj towards Malda, from where they will take the existing route to New Jalpaiguri,” Eastern Railway (ER) general manager Ghanshyam Singh told reporters. (Copied from TOI)
“However, that is not the most important thing. The existing route is extremely congested and we want to reduce the load. Secondly, we want people from Murshidabad and surrounding areas to benefit. Now, with no rail connectivity to Malda, they have to travel all the way to Sealdah if they wish to catch a train to north Bengal. Once this route is opened, they can directly travel to north Bengal and the northeastern states. This will also open up an alternate route to north Bengal,” the GM added. (Copied from TOI)
The distance between Sealdah and New Jalpaiguri is around 573 km along the existing route. Once the train takes the new route, the train’s path would be shortened by nearly 21 km. Travel time should come down by at least 30 minutes as said by the GM. The train is supposed to move through Barrackpore, Krishnagore and Murshidabad to Malda instead of crossing the Vivekananda Bridge and passing through Burdwan and Bolpur.
There is nostalgia related to Darjeeling Mail is quite high to the people of Kolkata and Burdwan-Bolpur zone. Most of tourist traveling to Darjeeling or any part of Sikkim or Dooars and frequent travelers to north Bengal prefer Darjeeling mail for an overnight journey from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri (NJP). The new route of the train has got nothing to do with people from Kolkata but it is time to see how people from Burdwan-Bolpur reacts.
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19 thoughts on “Darjeeling Mail is likely to change route soon”
The new route would be more handy if a stoppage is given in Berhampore Court railway station , since Berhampore is the district headquarters of Murshidabad district instead of Murshidabad.
It will be more helpful to people of Murshidabad.
I am not sure about the stops but hope the new route serves majority of people.
It must be a great helpful if the mail stops at krishnanagar City Jn. as well as at Badkulla
Keep your fingers crossed.
From Sealdah Darjeeling mail’s stoppage should be barrackpore -Berhampore-Azimganj and usual stoppages.
I think the stoppages should be Sealdah-Barrackpore-Krishnanagar-Berhampore-Murshidabad-Azimganj-Farakka-Malda-Kishanganj-New Jalpaiguri
Pl published new time table. Consider one more stoppage at Berhampore to avail the facilities of Darjeeling Mail.
Darjeeling mail should have a stoppage at Ranaghat..Many years back it stopped at Ranaghat.
We badly need a stoppage at Berhampore court station to link more than thousands of people residing surrounding the Berhampore town.
We strongly recommend to have a stoppage at Berhampore court station so that more than thousands of people residing surrounding the Berhampore town can avail the facility of such prestigious Train.
Please declared the particular date when it goes through new route with Stopage.
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Nice Information. Picture of the post is amazing. I also traveled Darjeeling last year.
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May we believe new route of Darjeeling Mail? If it is true then it will be very helpful for us. But God does not know the date..
Hello! Let me convey my sincere apologies for not responding earlier. Yes, Railway has plans for the route.
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it was such good news.we will be more happy when one more stop will be ranaghat.other maills are also stoped on ranaght.
I would be very happy if Darjeeling Mail stopped at our Berhampore Court rail station……
I would be happy too but let’s see what plan railway has for us.