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Pawan Bansal flags off Rohtak-Delhi EMU

Union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal flagged off the Rohtak-Delhi EMU (electric multiple unit) train from the Rohtak railway station here on Sunday.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 04, 2013 00:59 IST

Union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal flagged off the Rohtak-Delhi EMU (electric multiple unit) train from the Rohtak railway station here on Sunday.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was scheduled to arrive here on the occasion, cancelled his plans at the last moment.

Bansal said this train had modern facilities and would not only make the railway journey comfortable for the commuters, but would also accelerate the pace of development in the area besides enhancing the employment opportunities.

Now, the train would start at 7am from Rohtak and reach the Delhi railway station at 9.15am daily. On return, it will start at 3.50pm from Delhi and will reach Rohtak at 6.20pm.

Bansal said Haryana was progressing fast under the leadership of Hooda and the railways also decided to contribute in the progress.

“The work on the Meham-Hansi rail line will start soon. A railway coach factory has been sanctioned for Sonepat district, for which land will be made available near Gohana. This will boost the employment opportunities and will not only enhance the development of Sonepat and nearby districts, but the entire state,” he said.

Appreciating the efforts of MP Deepender Singh Hooda, Bansal said he always insisted on getting the time to speak about Haryana matters in the Lok Sabha and he put up his proposals in a very clear manner. MLA Bharat Bhushan Batra is also taking keen interest in the rail projects concerning Rohtak.

Referring to the demand of the Jaipur-Chandigarh rail line, Bansal said: “I would like to go ahead with it, but the railways has to look after the whole country and rail facilities are also to be provided for remote areas.”

Railway does not earn profit, but for making rail journey safe and comfortable, modernising the signals, constructing flyovers or underpasses at railway crossings and providing better amenities to commuters, railway needs money as well.

Bansal said to shift the Rohtak-Panipat rail line from within the Rohtak city, the work of bypass would start as soon as the land was made available.

Thanking Bansal for coming to Rohtak for the inauguration of the Rohtak-Delhi electric train, Deepender Hooda said the rail budget had not only given a lot to Haryana, but the planning for the future of railways in the country had also been kept in mind. “A lot of attention has been paid to the expansion and modernization,” he said.

The rail projects such as Jind-Sonepat, Alwar-Delhi, Agroha-Fatehabad, Sirsa-Hisar-Rohtak-Delhi, Yamunanagar-Chandigarh and others would accelerate the pace of development of the state, he said. The coach factory in Sonepat district, Centre of Excellence in Sirsa and Butt Welding factory at Sampla would boost the employment opportunities, he said.

Education minister Geeta Bhukkal, Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda, Rajya Sabha MP Shadi Lal Batra, Rohtak MLA Bharat Bhushan Batra and Meham MLA Anand Singh Dangi were also present on the occasion.