67 express, 26 passenger trains to be introduced

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 27 2013, 09:12am hrs
The railways will introduce 67 express and 26 passenger trains this financial year. The increase is similar to the previous year when 75 new express and 21 passenger trains were announced.

Railway minister PK Bansal on Tuesday said that within the available resources, the railways will also introduce five Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMUs) and eight Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs), beside extending 57 trains and increasing the frequency of 24 trains.

For greater travel comfort, the railways will introduce one coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and modern facilities and services. Such coaches will be named Anubhuti with commensurate fare structure, said Bansal.

To cater to pilgrims travelling to Vaishno Devi, the railways will run the New Delhi-Katra AC Express six days a week. The Katra stretch, connecting the holy town to Udhampur, is likely to be commissioned by June. Similarly, the railways has proposed a line from Rama Mandi to Maur Mandi via Talwandi Sabo to connect Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, which is the only one among the five Sikh Takhts yet to be connected by rail link.

The number of passenger trains has increased from 8,897 in 2001-02 to 12,335 in 2011-12. However, Bansal said: The losses on these operations continue to mount, increasing from R4,955 crore in 2001-02 to R22,500 crore in 2011-12 and are estimated to be R24,600 crore in 2012-13.