Sumitra seeks more rail links to south
MEMBER OF Parliament Sumitra Mahajan has urged that the City be adequately linked by rail to the southern parts of the country. She was holding discussions with Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Mahesh Kumar Jain (WR Ratlam division) at Indore railway station on Thursday.Updated: Jan 05, 2007 17:32 IST
MEMBER OF Parliament Sumitra Mahajan has urged that the City be adequately linked by rail to the southern parts of the country. She was holding discussions with Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Mahesh Kumar Jain (WR Ratlam division) at Indore railway station on Thursday.
Sumitra proposed that the Indore-Pune Express be made a daily train and coaches in Avantika Express be increased. After much persuasion the train had been extended up to Mumbai Central but as the station has only one track where a 20-coach train (Avantika coaches are proposed to be increased to 20) can park it can be taken up to Bandra railway station.
Her major concern was beautification of the Indore railway station and increasing infrastructural facilities. She lamented that the station was currently not up to the mark and did no present the real face of the above 25 lakh inhabitants of the City to those coming here.
She expressed concern over the severing of linkage on east and west due to gauge conversion work being in progress. The breaking of linkage at Neemuch and Hingoli where work of converting metre gauge into broad gauge is in progress has disrupted linkage onwards from Ratlam and Khandwa. She also asked for the Indore-Jaipur train to be extended to Ajmer and another train for Jodhpur.
Extending railway services further down from Nagpur can create a link to the south and she asked the railway officials to think over her suggestion seriously and implement it at the earliest for passenger convenience.
She said that she had dreamed of making the DMU shuttle serving people between Indore-Mhow a way to provide easy connectivity by making it a continuous two-way process, but the dream could never be realised.
She had been appraised by railway officials of shutting the earlier six-coach DMU and replacing it with a new 11-coach train. She admitted that she had not see the new train and assured of an inspection on the demand of Indore-Mhow Yatri Sangh soon.
She concurred with the fact that there have been timing problems on this track and instead of commuters from Mhow finding the train convenient have suffered inconvenience, which can be redressed by redrawing the timetable at division level and that she would hold a meeting with railway officials in this regard soon.
She also chided the railway officials for Malwa Express consistently clocking the worst timing (delays) even despite being upgraded to Super Fast status.
The DRM and other railway officials agreed to devise a solution for most of the problems and informed they had already sent proposals in regard to many of the issues raised. Jain, who is known for his love for Indore and keeps visiting the Indore railway station on a regular a basis, also informed of the various works intended to bring about a facelift of the station complex and disclosed that a master pan for complete re-haul is being drawn.