As many as 58 new trains, including five new 'Jansadharan' trains and an equal number of premium group of trains have been proposed in the Rail Budget presented by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday.
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The new trains include six AC Express trains, 27 Express trains, eight passenger trains, two Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) services and 5 Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) services, besides extension of 11 existing trains.
The Minister also announced 18 new line surveys which include rail connectivity to 'Char Dhams' - Kedarnath, Badrinath, etc and connectivity to iron ore mines between Nayagarh and Banspani and Shimoga-Sringeri-Mangalore train route.
The Rail Minister also announced 10 surveys for doubling between Jaipur and Kota, Chandna Fort-Nagbhir, Mangalore-Ullal -Surathkal and Rewari-Mahendragarh, besides some 3rd and 4th line and Guage conversion projects during the current year.
The new five Jansadharan trains are between Ahmedabad and Darbhanga via Surat, Jaynagar-Mumbai, Mumbai-Gorakhpur, Saharsa-Anand Vihar via Motihari and between Saharsa-Amritsar.
The premium air conditioned trains are between Mumbai Central and New Delhi, Shalimar-Chennai, Secundarabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin, Jaipur-Madurai and Kamakhya-Bangaluru.
Among the new Express AC trains announced include a daily train between Vijayawada and New Delhi and weekly trains between Lokmanya Tilak to Lucknow, Nagpur-Pune,Nagpur-Amritsar, Naharlagun-New Delhi and between Nizamuddin and Pune.
Among the new Express Trains announced by the Railway Minister today include those between Ahmedabad-Patna (weekly), Ahmedabad-Chennai via Vasai Road (bi-weekly), Bengaluru- Mangalore (Daily), Bengaluru-Shimoga (bi-weekly), Bandra(T)- Jaipur via Nagda, Kota (weekly), Bidar-Mumbai (weekly) and Chhapra-Lucknow via Ballia, Ghazipur, Varanasi (tri-weekly).
Besides, other express trains announced include those between Ferozepur-Chandigarh (6 days a week), Guwahati- Naharlagun Intercity (daily), Guwahati-Murlongselek Intercity (daily), Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar (weekly), Hapa-Bilaspur via Nagpur (weekly), Huzur Saheb Nanded-Bikaner (weekly), Indore-Jammu Tawi (weekly), Kanpur-Jammu Tawi (bi-weekly) and Kamakhya-Katra via Barbhanga (weekly).
Some other such Express trains are Lokmanya Tilak(T)- Azamgarh (weekly), Mumbai-Kazipeth vial Balharshah (weekly), Mumbai-Palitana (weekly), New Delhi-Bhatinda Shatabdi (bi-weekly), New Delhi-Varanasi (daily), Paradeep-Howrah and Paradeep-Visakhapatnam (both weekly), Rajkot-Rewa, Ramnagar- Agra, Tatanagar-Baiyyappanahali (Bengaluru) and Visakhapatnam- Chennai (both weekly).
The Minister also announced eight new daily passenger trains that include between Bikaner-Rewari, Dharwad-Dandeli, Gorakhpur-Nautanwa, Guwahati-Mendipathar, Hatia-Rourkela, Byndoor-Kasaragod, Rangapara North-Rangiya and Yesvantpur-Tumkur.
Among the two new MEMU services proposed are those between Bengaluru-Ramanagaram (6 days a week) and Palwal-Delhi-Aligarh.
Besides, the five MEMU services are those between Bengaluru-Neelmangala (daily), Chhapra-Manduadih via Ballia (6 days a week), Baramula-Banihal (daily), Sambalpur-Rourkela and Yesvantpur-Hosur (both 6 days a week).