Rlys creates land bank of 1.12 L acre

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 31 2009, 06:26am hrs
With a view to utilise surplus land for commercial purposes, Railways have now created a land bank of 1.12 lakh acre across the country.

Our land bank is ready now as we have surplus land of 1.12 lakh acre at 103 sites across the country. This will be utilised for commercial purposes, railway minister Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday while flagging off three trains here.

She reminded about the benefits of the Kisan Vision scheme, which aims at running special trains from production clusters of perishable goods to consumer centres transporting fruits and vegetables.

The scheme aims to benefit farmers by creating cold storage facility for vegetables and other perishable items, she said, adding Experts are examining the scheme.

She also announced starting of the much talked about Duranto train services for Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai from Delhi by mid-September.

More than 40 of the total 79 trains announced in the Budget are ready to be flagged off within next 15 to 20 days, she said.

Banerjee flagged off the Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Sadulpur Express named Pragati Express and. She promised more trains from Delhi like a ladies specials from Delhi to Panipat & Ghaziabad and Shatabdi Express between Delhi and Kanpur would be started soon .

Besides, she also flagged off the extended service of the Bandra terminus-Jaipur Express up to Delhi Sarai Rohilla from Delhi Cantonment station, the new building of which was also commissioned by her.

On the crucial Kashmir rail link project, she said track laying work from Qazigund to Ananatnag is complete now and the services will be operational soon.