Agartala, February 8, 2024: In a proud moment for the state of Tripura, the name of its ancient and unique Unakoti pilgrimage site has been given to a locomotive engine of Indian Railways. The WDG-4 category locomotive engine number 12226, which is painted in blue and orange colours, has been named ‘Kaaljoyi Tripura’ and ‘Unakoti’ to honour the heritage and culture of the northeastern state.
Tripura Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha announced this news through his social media on Thursday, and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East policy for bringing recognition and development to the region. He said that the Unakoti pilgrimage, which is located on the Raghunandan hill in Kailashahar subdivision of Tripura, is a marvel of rock-cut sculptures and carvings that date back to the 7th-9th centuries. He said that the site, which has never been publicized much, is now getting the attention it deserves through the locomotive engine.
He also shared a picture of the engine, which was spotted at Mariyani junction in Assam on a mild winter misty morning. He said that the engine, which has a power output of 4500 horsepower, will be used for hauling freight trains across the country. He expressed his gratitude to the Indian Railways and the Ministry of Culture for this initiative, and hoped that it will boost the tourism and economy of Tripura..