Demand to extend and start new trains

Demand to extend and start new trains

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAJYA SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO-198

ANSWERED ON-05.12.2014

Demand to extend and start new trains

198 . SHRI BHUPINDER SINGH

(a) whether there is a continuous demand to extend Visakhapatnam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Samata Express to Amritsar as daily train;

(b) whether Government would consider the long pending demand to start a new train from Junagarh to Varanasi; and

(c) whether Government would consider to start intercity train from Junagarh to Visakhapatnam, Junagarh to Durg and Junagarh to Bhubaneswar via Kesinga, Titlagarh and Sambalpur in Odisha?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF RAILWAYS

(SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU)

(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

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STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF STARRED QUESTION NO. 198 BY SHRI BHUPINDER SINGH TO BE ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 05.12.2014 REGARDING DEMAND TO EXTEND AND START NEW TRAINS.

(a) Requests have been received for extension of 12807/12808 Visakhapatnam-Nizamuddin Samata Express upto Amritsar and increase in its frequency from five days a week to daily. However, 18507/18508 Visakhapatnam-Amritsar Hirakud Express (tri-weekly) is presently available between Visakhapatnam and Amritsar.

(b) & (c) Junagarh Road station is presently connected to Bhubaneswar by 18437/18438 Bhubaneswar-Junagarh Road Link Express (daily) while connectivity to Durg and Visakhapatnam stations are available from Lanjigarh Road station (situated on mainline) which is about 54 Km from Junagarh Road station. For travelling to Varanasi, passenger of Junagarh Road station may avail change over at Raipur/Bhubaneswar which are presently well connected to Varanasi. However, at present, there is no proposal to introduce trains from Junagarh to Varanasi/Durg/Bhubaneswar/Visakhapatnam due to operational and resource constraints including non-availability of terminal maintenance facilities at Junagarh Road station. However, introduction of trains is an ongoing process over Indian Railways and is done keeping in view the traffic justification, operational feasibility, resource availability, competing demand etc.

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