Rail budget: Focus on Mathura, besides Rae Bareli, Amethi

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Besides Rae Bareli and Amethi, which are Lok Sabha constituencies of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Mathura has got special attention in new train services proposed in the Railway Budget presented in Parliament on Tuesday.

Mathura is represented by RLD general secretary Jayant Chaudhary, who is son of Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh.

Out of nine express trains proposed in the rail budget for year 2013-14 in UP, four trains will pass via Mathura and two via Rae Bareli. The Kolkata-Agra Express (daily) will run via Amethi, Rae Bareli and Mathura; Kota-Jammu Tawi Express (weekly) via Mathura and Palwal; Bandra Terminus-Ramnagar Express (weekly) via Nagda, Mathura, Kanpur, Lucknow and Rampur; Jaipur-Lucknow Express (tri-weekly) via Bandikui, Mathura and Kanpur; Yesvantpur-Lucknow Express (weekly) via Rae Bareli and Pratapgarh and Lucknow-Varanasi Express via Rae Bareily (6 days a week).

The other three express trains connecting cities in UP include Kamakhya (Guwahati)-Anand Vihar Express (weekly) via Katihar, Barauni, Sitapur Cantonment and Moradabad; Kanpur-Anand Vihar Express (weekly) via Farrukhabad and Mau-Anand Vihar Express (bi-weekly).

The state has also got two DEMU services between Lucknow and Sultanpur and Lucknow and Pratapgarh via Gauriganj. New MEMU trains are being introduced between Barabanki and Kanpur, and Lucknow and Hardoi. A new passenger train will run between Bareilly and Lalkuan daily.

Five trains have got extension, giving connectivity to UP districts with other states. These include Allahabad-Mathura Express that has been extended to Jaipur; Chhapra-Kanpur Anwarganj Express extended to Farrukhabad; Chandigarh-Lucknow Express extended to Patna (2 days); Sealdah-Varanasi Express (2 days) extended to Delhi via Lucknow, Moradabad and Delhi-Shamli DEMU extended to Saharanpur.

A new line between Sultanpur and Kadipur and doubling between Rae Bareli and Amethi are also proposed in the new budget.

The frequency of Agra Fort-Ahmedabad Express has been increased from 3 to 7 days; Gorakhpur-Ahmedabad Express from 1 to 2 days; Jhansi-Bandra (T) Express from 1 to 2 days and Kanpur-Jammu Tawi Express from 1 to 2 days.

A new forged wheel factory is proposed to be set up at Rae Bareli and an MoU has been signed with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL). A new executive lounge will be set up in Agra whereas a Rail Neer bottling plant would established in Lalitpur.

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has proposed some projects for UP for obtaining necessary approval and clearances. These include laying of new lines between Faizabad and Lalganj via Akbarganj; Maharajganj and Rae Bareily; Anandnagar and Ghugli via Maharajganj; Chola and Bulandshahr; Kapilvastu and Basti via Bansi. The Centre has proposed to undertake surveys for new lines between Azamgarh and Mubarakpur; Dadri to Narora via Sikandarabad, Bulandshahr, Jahangirabad and Anoopshahar; Farrukhabad to Gola-Gokarnath via Shahjahanpur and Padrauna-Kushinagar-Gorakhpur.

Surveys will be conducted for gauge conversion between Mailani and Bahraich and between Varanasi and Ballia for doubling. A traffic survey for Kanpur area in connection with Panki-Mandhana new line project is also proposed in the rail budget.

The gauge conversion between Naugarh-Barhni is proposed to be completed in 2012-13. Likewise, doubling project proposed to be completed in current fiscal include Chauri Chaura-Baitalpur and Jahangirabad-Barabanki.

Electrification of Phaphamau-Unchahar, including Allahabad-Prayag and Paman-Kanpur routes is proposed to be completed in the current fiscal. The new line projects proposed to be completed in next fiscal 2013-14 include Bah-Etawah and Bhind-Etawah. The gauge conversion on the routes of Barhni-Gonda and Kasganj-Bareilly is proposed to be completed in the same year. Bhadaiyan-Sultanpur and Bhadohi-Mondh routes are proposed to be doubled in 2013-14.

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