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MPs demand more trains

PROPOSALS TO run another train from Bhopal to Mumbai, increase the frequency of the Habibganj-Lokmanya Tilak Express and run a fresh intercity Express train between Bhopal and Gwalior have been sent to the Railway Board.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 01:20 IST

PROPOSALS TO run another train from Bhopal to Mumbai, increase the frequency of the Habibganj-Lokmanya Tilak Express and run a fresh intercity Express train between Bhopal and Gwalior have been sent to the Railway Board.

This was revealed in a meeting of Members of Parliament (MPs) from the region that falls under the purview of Bhopal division with the railway authorities at a City hotel here on Tuesday.

General Manager of West Central Railway Zone (WCRZ) Maheep Kapur said the work of laying 262 km long new railway track between Bhopal and Ramganj Mandi had started from the Rajasthan side of the project.

The WCRZ GM said this financial year, railway earnings shot up in both freight and passenger traffic segments. He said according to a proposal sent to Railway Board the two trains, one starting from Jabalpur and another from Bhopal, would be joined to run as a new train to Mumbai.

Yet another proposal includes running the Gondwana Express separately from both Jabalpur and Bilaspur as separate trains. Bhopal MP Kailash Joshi suggested new trains from Bhopal to Pune and Raipur besides inclusion of Bairagarh in WCRZ.

Hoshangabad MP Sartaj Singh demanded that the Jabalpur-Bhopal Overnight Express be run up to Indore. Vidisha MP Rampal Singh pressed for laying railway line between Obaidullahganj and Sagar.

Rajya Sabha MP Laxmi Narayan Sharma demanded new trains from Bhopal to Jaipur, Mumbai and Howrah. Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ashok Agarwal and other senior railway officials of the Bhopal division were also present during the meet.

Former MP Youth Congress general secretary and Railway Advisory Committee member Shahwar Alam also led a delegation to meet general manager (railway) Maheep Kapur at Hotel Amer Palace. The delegation submitted a memorandum and demanded extension of Intercity express to Habibganj station.