In good news for people who use local trains in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, railway minister Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday announced 137 additional services in the sub-urban train network.
While presenting this year's Rail Budget, Trivedi said with a view to further enhancing the carrying capacity of suburban services, additional services are being introduced in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
There will be 75 new services in Mumbai, 18 in Chennai and 44 in Kolkata, he said.
New suburban services for Kolkata include Sealdah-Ranaghat, Ranaghat-Naihati, Ranaghat-Shantipur, Ranaghat-Krishnanagar, Ranaghat-Gede, Ranaghat-Bangaon, Bangaon-Barasat, Barasat-Hasnabad, Bandel-Barddhaman, Bandel-Howrah and Mecheda-Degha.
He also proposed to introduce 50 new services in the Kolkata Metro in the coming year.
Additional suburban services proposed for Mumbai include Churchgate-Virar, Virar-Dahanu Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Kalyan-Kasara and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus –Kalyan-Karjat sections, Harbour and Trans-Harbour line.
In Chennai area, it is proposed to run 18 additional services on Chennai Beach-Tambaram, Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu, Chennai Beach-Avadi, Chennai Beach-Tiruttani, Chennai Beach-Gummiidipundi/Sullurupetta and Chennai Beach-Velachery sections, Trivedi said.