The ongoing electrification of the Bankura-Masagram stretch will ensure a new and faster route between Kolkata and Bankura, both a tourism hub and business centre in south Bengal.
South Eastern Railway (SER) recently completed electrification of the 41km-long Bankura-Sonamukhi section and work is underway on the remaining 77km from Sonamukhi to Masagram. Local trains already ply from Howrah to Masagram, which is 72km away.
“At present, people traveling to Bankura from Kolkata have to take a roundabout route through Kharagpur and Midnapore. The distance is nearly 230km and the journey by an express train takes nearly four hours. The distance from Howrah to Bankura via Masagram will be only 190km and an express train should take about three hours to complete the journey. This will also be an important connection between the Eastern Railway (ER) and SER networks,” an official said.
Electric trains between the two stations are expected to start running soon.
Source: Times of India