Railway Minister Inaugurates 7 Rail projects worth Rs. 2000 crore
Punjab to get 200 kilometer per hour speed Superfast Train-Suresh Prabhu
Tejas and Humsafar trains will also touch Punjab
Center-State Company to give fillip to rail infrastructure development
M4PNews | Bathinda
Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today said that India is near to launch 200 kilometer per hour speed train under consideration of Government of India, and this train will also be given to Punjab when it starts operation in the country. Mr. Prabhu also announced that in coming time Special Trains from Punjab will be steamed off for Patna Sahib for facilitation of Sangat during 350th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
While inaugurating and laying foundation stone of 7 ambitious railway projects at a cost of Rs. 2000 crore for Punjab from a one location Railway Ground Bathinda, Mr. Prabhu said that Government of India was working to launch a Superfast train with a speed of 200 kilometer per hour and Punjab will have this train between Punjab and New Delhi. Mr. Prabhu laid foundation stone of Rajpura-Bathinda railway line doubling project worth Rs. 1720 crore and 16 Limited Height Subways at a cost of Rs. 40 on various rail locations in Punjab besides inaugurating 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 5 Water Vending Machines at Bathinda Railway Station.
Mr. Prabhu said that Punjab had played a pivotal role to secure nation and its borders besides immensely contributing in National Food kitty. The contribution of Punjab can never be paid off, he added,
In his address Mr. Prabhu said that Punjab would witness massive transformation in railway infrastructure and its development in time to come. He said that Punjabis had always remained frontrunner to protect the nation and its borders besides feeding the whole nation by contributing maximum grains in national food kitty. He said that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi led NDA Government would leave no stone unturned to take Punjab to new heights of success.
Mr. Prabhu accompanied by Revenue Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, PWD Minister Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka also announced that in coming time Special Trains of devotees from Punjab would steam off for Takht Sri Patna Sahib to mark 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
Disclosing that Railway Ministry and States, in collaboration, was going to form a company, Mr. Prabhu said that this joint venture would further speed up the pace of Rail Development, Infrastructure and Investment in Railway Sector. He said that the issue was under consideration with some states, which would be finalized soon. He said that this initiative was taken to make the states an active partner in railway projects and infrastructure building.
Mr. Prabhu also announced that fastest train under Superfast category was also being unveiled. He said that this train would run at 200 kilometer per hour speed and Punjab would get this Superfast train. He also announced that Tejas and Humsafar trains would also be launched in the country, which was of world class standards. He said that these world class trains would also touch Punjab through different routes. He said that UDAY train will also be launched in the country, which will steam off in night and reach at destination early morning.
Speaking about the annual rail budget for Punjab in UPA Government, Mr. Prabhu said that earlier it was Rs. 224 crore. He said that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi led NDA government had increased this budget to Rs. 700 crore by fixing annual increase. He said that in past time Punjab had got 10 Railway Over Bridges and 78 Railway Under Bridges.
Mr. Prabhu also announced to make Amritsar and Jalandhar Railway Station a world class by giving these stations complete facelift. He said that the work on Jalandhar’s railway station would be completed by the end of 2017 while the project of Amritsar was being finalized in consultation with the Union Tourism Ministry.
Public Development Works Minister Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon thanked Mr. Prabhu for these projects and sought an under bridge for Maur area on which the Railway Minister assured that this project would be approved soon.