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The Astha Circuit Train, which connects major pilgrimage spots of Eastern India with the North East, was today flagged off at Kamakhya railway station in Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of state for Railways Rajen Gohain flagged off the train, an initiative of NF Railway and IRCTC. This six-night-and-seven-day tour from Kamakhya in Astha Circuit Train will cost Rs 6161 per person and will cover religious destinations like Gangasagar, Sri Swamy Narayan Temple, Kalighat, Birla Temple, Jagannath Temple, Konark and Lingaraj Temple. Gohain urged people to avail the pilgrimage train saying it offers the cheapest tour rates. Sonowal said that the NDA government at the Centre has taken pragmatic measures for improving surface, air, water and rail connectivity in the North East. "The measures include starting of 25 new trains, implementation of 20 projects for improving rail connectivity and sanctioning of another 24 new projects since 2014," Sonowal said. He urged the railway authorities to regularly interact with people living near project sites for generating goodwill and requested the public to cooperate with the railways so that projects sail through smoothly. "The state government will give full support to ensure timely execution of the railway projects," he said.
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