MLAs for daily run of Bhopal-Howrah mail
THE STATE Assembly today unanimously adopted two private resolutions seeking change in the schedule, route and frequency of the Bhopal-Howrah Mail and extension of Indore-Manmad railway line. The resolutions proposed that the Union Rail Ministry should be requested to provide these facilities to the people of Madhya Pradesh.india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 15:58 IST
THE STATE Assembly today unanimously adopted two private resolutions seeking change in the schedule, route and frequency of the Bhopal-Howrah Mail and extension of Indore-Manmad railway line. The resolutions proposed that the Union Rail Ministry should be requested to provide these facilities to the people of Madhya Pradesh.
Vanshmani Prasad Verma of Samajwadi Party put forth the first resolution regarding the Bhopal-Howrah Mail. He mentioned that presently the Bhopal-Howrah Mail runs only once a week, has odd timings and also does not touch Singrauli, which is one of the major commercial places in the State.
It is unfortunate that Singrauli is not connected by railways to Bhopal as yet, he lamented. He suggested that the Bhopal-Howrah Mail be run via Singrauli and made a daily train. The 3025 up train should leave Howrah at 10.00 pm, reach Singrauli by 3.00 pm next day and finally reach Bhopal at 6.00 am the third day.
Similarly, Verma said, the down train should depart from Bhopal at 8.00 pm, reach Singrauli at 11.00 am the next day and finally reach Howrah at 6.00 am the third day. The MLA said this way, working days could be saved and more regions could be covered by the train.
His resolution was supported by members from all parties including Sudha Jain (BJP), Ramlakhan Sharma (CPM) and Arif Aqeel (Congress).
The resolution on extension of railway line from Indore to Manmad via Khargone and Sendhwa was moved by Babulal Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said the tribal-dominated Dhar district lacks railway network and it was very poorly connected to Khargone and Mandsaur districts.
The extension of this line would benefit as many as one crore people across four major cities and 12 tehsils and would boost trade and tourism. His resolution was also supported across board by several members including Dhal Singh Solanki, Durgalal Vijay, Alka Jain, Omprakash Purohit, Raghunath Malviya and Ramlakhan Sharma.
Replying separately to the two resolutions, Forest and Transport Minister Himmat Kothari said since the resolutions were for the benefit of people of State they should be passed unanimously. He expressed the hope that the Central Government would respond to the demands positively.