Not much for State, yet Lalu?s budget welcomed
THE RAILWAY budget did not bring much joy to the State in terms of new trains as the popular demands of the region were ignored. No major train except the Jabalpur-Jammu Tawi Express was announced.Updated: Feb 25, 2006 13:08 IST
THE RAILWAY budget did not bring much joy to the State in terms of new trains as the popular demands of the region were ignored. No major train except the Jabalpur-Jammu Tawi Express was announced.
Still, the Railway Minister's decisions of not hiking the fare and slashing the fares in A/C classes seem to have gone down well with the public, and partly compensated the loss of not getting new trains.
The new trains announced for the region include the weekly Jabalpur-Jammu Tawi Express and the daily Indore-Bhopal Inter-city Express.
Besides, the weekly Pune-Lucknow Express that has been announced would pass through Bhopal. Also, the Delhi-Chennai weekly AC Gharib Rath Express will pass through the zone.
The routes of the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Gharib Rath Express, Rai Bareli-Lokmanya Tilak Express and Yashwantpur-Gharib Nawaz Express are yet to be announced and there is possibility of either of them passing though the zone.
DRM Devi Prasad Pandey said many new trains will pass through the zone and the passengers will be benefited.
The trains that have been extended include the Itarsi-Jabalpur-Katni-Bina Vindhyachal Express up to Habibganj and Jabalpur-Kota Express up to Jaipur.
The former is likely to benefit the daily passengers and could to an extent fulfil the demand of an inter-city express to Sagar. Besides, the Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express will now run daily instead of the earlier five days a week. The frequency of Patna-Pune Express has also been increased.
The Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express will now pass through Itarsi twice a week. The target of gauge conversion between Ratlam and Neemuch has been included in this year's budget.
Rs 215 crore for WCR Zone
AS MUCH as Rs 215 crore have been sanctioned to the WCR Zone for various projects in this year's railway budget. This includes the electrification of Bina-Kota section at the cost of Rs 176 crore, the construction of two small three-line stations at crossings on Guna-Pagora and Shadara-Pagora at the cost of Rs 5.77 crore and Rs 2.92 crore for Unreserved Ticket System (UTS) at the stations at where it has not been installed.
Also, the construction of bridge in Bina-Maxi section at the cost of Rs 2.99 crore, Route Railway Inter-locking system at Itarsi at the cost of Rs 13.8 crore, replacement of conventional signals with LED between Itarsi-Bina section at the cost of Rs 4.86 crore, chemical lab at Coach Factory Nishatpura for Rs 1.5 crore, construction of track machine shed at Habibganj for Rs 2.51 crore and Rs 77 lakh for improvement in water supply system for staff at Bhopal railway station amongst the important allocations.