Railways to start special tourist trains, new services
In a bid to promote tourism, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that Indian Railways will be launching 16 special 'Bharat Tirth' trains connecting popular tourist sites and pilgrimage centres in different parts of the country.india Updated: Feb 24, 2010 14:42 IST
In a bid to promote tourism, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that Indian Railways will be launching 16 special 'Bharat Tirth' trains connecting popular tourist sites and pilgrimage centres in different parts of the country.
Reaching out to the common man, Banerjee also announced the introduction of 10 new Duranto Express trains and several new trains.
"The running of Bharat Tirth is to emphasise our unity in diversity and bring to reality Kabiguru's (Rabindranath Tagore) words in our national anthem Punjab Sindhu Gujarat Maratha, Dravida Utkala Banga, Vindhya Himachal Yamuna Ganga," Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Presenting the 2010-11 budget in Lok Sabha, she said the trains are proposed to run on the following routes:
Howrah-Varanasi-Jammu Tawi-Amritsar-Haridwar- Mathura-Vrindavan-Allahabad-Howrah
Pune-Jaipur-Nathdwara-Ranakpur-Jaipur-Mathura- Agra-Haridwar-Amritsar-Jammu Tawi-Pune
Bhopal-Dwaraka-Somnath-Udaipur-Ajmer-Jodhpur- Jaipur-Mathura-Vrindavan-Amritsar-Jammu Tawi-Bhopal
Madurai-Varanasi-Gaya-Patna Sahib-Allahabad- Haridwar-Chandigarh-Kurukshtra-Amritsar-Delhi-Madurai
Some new Duranto trains:
Unreserved Karmabhoomi Exp trains
New Janmabhoomi Exp between Ahmedabad and Udhampur
New trains introduced:
Kolkata-Anandpur Sahib Exp
Tata Nagar-Hatia Exp