Punjab to get 200 kmph superfast train to Delhi: Suresh Prabhu
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that the country will soon have superfast trains with speed of 200 kilometres per hour and that Punjab will get one to Delhi, a route which is yet to be identified.
Prabhu also announced fast trains Tejas and Hamsafar for Punjab along with the Antyodaya (train for poor sections) and Uday, which will run in the night and reach its destination early morning, will be started soon.
Special trains steamed off for Patna Sahib for facilitation of Sangat during 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh have been announced by the Rail Ministry.
Prabhu asked Punjab government for its consent for a company to carry out the development railway projects. The company with equal equity between railways and the state government will propose the projects and complete these by involving private players through a special purpose vehicle (SPV).
Already, 11 states across the nation have given consent for forming such SPV and agreements have already been signed with eight states. Prabhu said the formation of this company, still to be named, will pacify the projects.
Prabhu on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the doubling of 172km track between Bathinda-Rajpura to be built in four years with Rs 1,720 crore and started the 53 km-long double track from Bathinda to Mansa. He also laid stone for 16 low height subways (LHS). A number of important cities and industrial towns including Patiala and Bathinda, Fertilizer and thermal power plant, food grains loading points, educational hubs and military cantonments are located on the project section.
He said the current government increased the annual budget of railways for Punjab to Rs 700 crore which was Rs 224 crore during the previous UPA government. He said Modi government after coming to power in 2014 constructed 10 road over bridges (Rob) and 78 road under bridges (Rub). He informed that soon the railway stations of world-class standards at Jalandhar and Amritsar will be constructed.