Punjab to soon get superfast 200 kmph train to Delhi
Bathinda: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday announced that special trains from Punjab will be steamed off for Patna Sahib for facilitation of Sangat during 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
Prabhu also said India is nearing the launch of superfast trains with speed of 200 kilometers per hour and that Punjab will get one to Delhi.
In Bathinda, Prabhu laid foundation stone of Rajpura-Bathinda railway line doubling project worth Rs 1,720 crore and 16 Limited Height Subways at a cost of Rs. 40 crore on various rail locations in Punjab.
He also inaugurated Mansa-Bathinda newly doubled rail line laid at a cost of Rs 150 crore, New station building at Beas, New running room at Ludhiana worth Rs 3 crore, Food Plaza at Ferozepur Railway Station and five Water Vending Machines at Bathinda railway station.
He said that in the 10 years of the UPA rule, the government had invested only Rs 224 crore in the railways per year in the state. “In the last two years, we have invested Rs 700 crore annually and after two years, it will be hiked 50 per cent.”
Speaking about the annual rail budget for Punjab said the NDA government had increased it to Rs 700 crore by fixing annual increase.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal did not turn up for the Railway Minister’s function in the city. State Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia represented them.
Indian Railway is slowly bringing faster training on key routes across the country. Spanish-made train Talgo is under trials from Delhi to Mumbai aiming a maximum speed of 130 kmph and is expected to reach the financial capital in about four hours less than the time taken by Rajdhani.
Talgo aims to cut the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai to 12 hours. The train with nine lightweight coaches will start its journey at 7.55 PM from New Delhi station and is expected to reach Mumbai at about 8.31 AM in the morning.