Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sun, 05 Feb 2012 08:48:19 GMT

Many divisions against introducing new trains in Rail Budget

New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) A key Railway division is not in favour of introduction of new trains in the upcoming Rail Budget saying any further increase will "seriously jeopardise punctuality and safety" of operations.

The Delhi Division, one of the busiest in the country, has also made a representation in this regard before a high- powered committee on safety chaired by former Atomic Energy Commission chief Anil Kakodkar.

According to sources, the division was of the view that its infrastructure was already under immense stress and running more trains would significantly jeopardise passengers'' safety.

The division handles over 500 passenger trains and 250 freight trains daily.

It has seen little addition of infrastructure creation despite introduction of new trains over the years, they said, adding the problems of the division were placed threadbare before the Kakodkar Committee.

Sources in the Railway Board also indicated that some more busy divisions are against introduction of new trains in their respective areas, notwithstanding the political pressure from for introduction of new passenger services.

The Board is already flooded with requests from state governments as well as local representatives across the country for new trains in the upcoming Rail Budget.

While a relatively neglected state like Odisha has demanded over 25 new trains, Gujarat on the other hand has sought 35 new services including proposals for high-speed rail connectivity. (More) PTI SGI ARU RBT ZMN


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