Union railway minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu announced here on Sunday that the Centre would soon introduce superfast trains with a speed of 200-km per hour in the country and Punjab will be considered for one of them on ‘priority’.
Inaugurating five projects worth Rs 2,000 in the state, he said, considering the state government’s demand, the Centre would also start special trains for three months from different cities of Punjab to Patna Sahib in the wake of Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary celebrations.
Prabhu also announced that the soon-to-be-launched world-class trains like Tejas, Humsafar and Uday will also touch Punjab through different routes. “We have increased the annual rail budget for Punjab from Rs 224 crore to Rs 700 in the past two years. Besides this, 10 railway overbridges and 78 under ridges have also been sanctioned,” the minister said.
Besides laying foundation stones of the Bathinda-Rajpura double line project and 16 limited height subways, Prabhu also inaugurated a new station building at Beas, a running room at Ludhiana, food plaza at Ferozepur station, Mansa-Bathinda double line and five water vending machines from here. The railways had installed seven steel plated plaques collectively on a board for inauguration and foundation stone-laying ceremony. These plaques will be shifted to their respective places and installed there.