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Citizens? hopes high for train to Mumbai

WHAT THIS year?s railway budget has in store for people of Madhya Pradesh? That?s the question on everybody?s mind as the date of presentation of the rail budget for the year 2006-2007 draws nearer.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 11:13 IST

WHAT THIS year’s railway budget has in store for people of Madhya Pradesh? That’s the question on everybody’s mind as the date of presentation of the rail budget for the year 2006-2007 draws nearer.

A direct train from Bhopal to Mumbai has been on the wish- list of the people of the region for a long time. , particularly, businessmen have been demanding a train that could facilitate overnight journey to Mumbai for a long time.

The need for another train to Howrah also figures prominently amongst the demands that are raised regularly. The Kshipra Express takes quite a long time and the schedule is also not very convenient for the passengers.

Also, a sizable population hailing from Rajasthan feel lack of direct train to Jaipur acutely. It is expected that Railway Minister Lalu Yadav could announce Pune-Lucknow Express via Bhopal during the budget speech in Parliament on February 24.

Similarly, an intercity express train from Bhopal to Sagar has been a long-standing demand. Officials of the Bhopal division of West Central Railway are not very hopeful about other demands but expect the train to Mumbai to materialise. A new train between Jabalpur and Surat may also be announced.

“The problem is that the MPs from the region have generally been of the opposition in the Parliament”, says a senior railway official.

Will Bairagarh come to WZ?
THE RAILWAY officials are hopeful that the demand to include Bairagarh railway station into the West Central Railway zone would be fulfilled in the coming budget.

While Bairagarh is part of Bhopal, the Bairagarh railway station comes under the Ratlam division of Western Railway that is hundreds of kilometers away. The demand to include Bairagarh in Bhopal division of the West Central Railway Jabalpur was vociferously raised during the visit of Union Minister of State for Railway Naranbhai Rathwa a few months back.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 11:13 IST