State’s first double-decker train rolls out

Three years after it was first announced in railway budget of 2009, the double-decker AC super-fast express train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai was flagged off here on Wednesday by Minister of State for Railways Bharatsinh Solanki. The train with LCD screen at the back of every seat, will cover the distance between Ahmedabad and Mumbai in seven hours.

Following a request from Ahmedabad (West) MP Kirit Solanki, the minister instructed senior Railway officials to give a stoppage at the next station of Maninagar for passenger convenience. He said the fare was fixed at much lower than the Suvarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express and yet it would carry 54 per cent more passengers at a speed of 120 kmph. City Mayor Asit Vora complimented the minister for doing good service to Gujarat and that the Centre was helping the state growing in its own ways.

The fare for the six days a week train has been fixed much lower at Rs 471 for Mumbai to Ahmedabad than the travel by Shatabdi Express which costs Rs 695, he said. The fare from Mumbai to Surat is Rs 318 and Rs 406 for Mumbai to Vadodara.

Solanki announced extension of Ahmedabad-Asansol train up to Bhavnagar in a short time. He said there was 29 per cent increase in number of rail coaches manufactured over the past one year with this year's production of 5,738 coaches.

When asked, he denied that there would be any change in the priority of railways in view of the impending prospects of Trinamool Congress parting ways with UPA. If that happens, the incumbent Railway Minister Dr Mukul Roy would have to put in his papers.

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