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Two new trains announced; will give Bhopal station a miss

Amit Jha, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, October 03, 2012
First Published: 17:48 IST(3/10/2012) | Last Updated: 17:53 IST(3/10/2012)

Passengers wanting to travel to Bhuj in Gujarat, Shalimar in West Bengal and Rewa in MP will have to take the pains of boarding two new trains announced for these destinations from the Bairagarh station instead of the Bhopal station. The two new trains announced this year do not have Bhopal railway station as their stop even though they would come up to Nishatpura.

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With very few trains available for Gujarat, West Bengal and Rewa, a stop of these trains at Bhopal station would have considerably eased traffic in trains like Rewanchal Express and BhopalHowrah Express, feel experts.

The Indore-Rewa Express via Bairagarh-Vidisha- Bina from Indore to Rewa and BhujShalimar Express via BairagarhVidisha- Katni from Bhuj to Shalimar in West Bengal will pass through the bypass route from Bairagarh to Nishatpura coach factory, which is used for goods trains at present. “There is only a single train for Rewa from the state capital, which has traffic beyond capacity daily from here. One more train from Indore to Rewa via Bhopal would have proved to be a boon for the people of Vindhya, who are in considerable numbers in the city. It is strange that it will pass touching Bhopal but will not have a stoppage here. Had it been done, the traffic load on the HabibganjRewa Rewanchal Express would have been reduced,” said Diwakar Pandey, a student from Rewa studying in the state capital.

Also, people from Gujarat and West Bengal residing in the city could have benefited, had the Bhuj-Shalimar Express granted a stoppage at the Bhopal railway station, said an official of the railways’ Bhopal division.

Meanwhile, an inspection was conducted by commissioner, railway safety, DC Gupta of the bypass goods trains route between Nishatpura and Bairagarh on Tuesday to assess the situation in terms of safety of passengers when a passengers’ train is run on the track.

When asked whether the Bhopal railway division request the railway board for stoppage of these trains at Bhopal, divisional railway manager Ghanshyam Singh said, “Passengers can catch both these trains from Bairagarh. Railways cannot give door-to-door service. Bairagarh is only 20 minutes from Bhopal. Passengers can catch these trains from there. Besides, we need to develop Bairagarh railway station as much as Bhopal or Habibganj railway station”. When HT contacted local member of Parliament Kailash Joshi on the issue, he said, “I am unaware of it. I can only speak about it when I receive more information.”

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