Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday asked the Centre to improve rail connectivity in the state and provide a Shatabdi train between Chandigarh and Jaipur.
The chief minister was addressing a public gathering in Rewari after inaugurating a new Rewari-Rohtak rail line. Hooda endorsed the demands of more rail networks in the state and said the state government is ready to contribute its share if more such projects come up.
Apart from providing connectivity to the neighbouring Jhajjar district, the new route would put several locations of the state on the railway map. The new route which has been laid at the cost of Rs. 625 crore covers areas such as Gokalgarh, Palhawas, Machhrauli, Jhajjar and Dighal between Rewari and Rohtak. Half of the project cost was borne by the state government.
A total of 24 km of the route falls in Rewari district, 48 km in Jhajjar and 3 km in Rohtak.
The chief minister said that the newly-opened track has not only connected Rewari to Rohtak and Chandigarh but it has also connected the areas falling along the route to Kandala port. This track would give a big boost to industrial development in these areas.
Union minister of state for railways KJ Surya Prakash Reddy and member of parliament from Rohtak Deepender Singh Hooda were also present among others at the inauguration function.
The new track would directly benefit two Lok Sabha constituencies and eight assembly constituencies of Haryana, which play significant role in the state politics, the Rohtak MP said.
The minister of state for Railways also said that his ministry will take into consideration the needs of the people of Haryana and try to improve the infrastructure. Later, Hooda boarded the first train on the new track and travelled to Rohtak.