By Japan K Pathak
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in her budget speech today announced several Gujarat related new trains and also some technical initiatives.
One Gujarat related passenger train declared
Bhildi(Banaskatha district)-Samadari(in Rajasthan near Jodhpur) passenger train has been proposed in the budget but with a footnote that it would be operational after gauge conversion.
Among new long-distance services proposed in connection with Gujarat are:
Ahmedabad-Agra express Tri-weekly
Puri-Valsad express(weekly) via Katni-Bhopal-Vadodara
Rajkot-Porbandar express(via Jetalsar) Tri-weekly
Gandhidham-Jodhpur express(via Bhildi) Tri-weekly
Two Bharat Teerth trains are Gujarat related:
One Janma Bhoomi train for Gujarat:
For last many years the Shikh brothers settled in Gujarat were demanding a train connecting Ahmedabad and Punjab. The newly announced Janmabhoomi train would cover areas of Rajasthan and Punjab on route to Udhampur. The newly announced Janmabhoomi train would connect Ahmedabad and Udhampur every week linking Jodhpur, Phalodi, Lalgarh, Biradhwal, Pilibanga, Mahajan, Suratgarh, Hanumangarh, Bhatinda, Faridkot, Firozpur, Jalandher, Chakki bank, Samba, Bari Brahman and Jammu-Tawi before Udhampur.
2933/2934 Ahmedabad-Mumabai Central express train’s frequency has been increased from six days to daily.
Trains that would pass through Gujarat with stoppage
Ports linkages proposed through PPP model
“In order to promote industrial activity, the state governments and the centre are giving thrust on the development of the ports. Ports are expected in the states of Gujarat – Porbandar, Sutrapada, Dholera, Mahuva, Hazira, tuna. Railways will welcome participation under PPP(Public Private Partnership) for providing rail connectivity to such ports,” ms Banerjee said about port related railway projects of Gujarat.
Gujarat related doubling of track included in budget
Target for gauge conversion in year 2010-11 is 800 kms. The Gujarat related conversions are:
Bodeli-Chhota Udepur, Pratapnagar-Chhota Udepur
The Gujarat related sections where gauge conversion has been completed or will be completed in this fiscal are:
Dabhoi-Bodeli, Pratapnagar-Chhota Udepur
Proposed Surveys to be taken up in Gujarat
New line survey: Somnath-Kodinar
Gauge conversion survey:Ahmedabad-Botad and Dhasa-Jetalsar
Social desirable rail connectivity proposals(Gujarat)
It is proposed to update surveys for the following lines of backward areas. These will be processed through the planning commission for necessary approvals.
Other announcements(Gujarat related)
Surat to become a world-class railway station.
Dahod, Himmat Nagar, Jamnagar to become ideal railway stations.
Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Somnath to have multi functional railway complexes.
Bhuj and rajkot to get multi specialty hospitals for railway employees.