Indore : Citizens of Indore expressed their disappointment over the rail budget as new trains were announced and no improvement in frequency of trains or extension. Indore got just on new train— Indore-Jammutawi.
However, the city railway station will get all those services and facilities meant for A-1 grade railway stations. Accordingly Indore railway station will be made Wi-Fi, equipped with escalators and there will be battery-operated cars for senior citizens. The expectation of local people was shattered when the railway minister concluded his Rail Budget Speech in the LS, on Tuesday. People were expecting some good announcement following the minister’s assurance to Sumitra Mahajan.
Now, the citizens will have to satisfy with just one train. The Rail minister has announced survey for Indore-Jabalpur-New Delhi new line. The survey will be conducted alongside Narmada River. Just these are the two announcements which will directly benefit the city.
What Indore will get
Indore Railway station will get all those facilities, which are announced for A-1 grade railway stations. Accordingly, Indore station will be Wi-Fi and equipped with escalators and in future battery operated small car will be operated for senior citizens. E-ticketing from mobile phones and post offices. Food court, platform and unreserved tickets through internet and RO water.
What Indore missed
No respite was given to passengers of Patna Express, which runs twice a week and there was expectation that the train would be made daily. Similarly, Indore-Pune was expected to run daily. Extension to some trains was expected when Gouda met Mahajan.
Meagre amount for projects
The ambitious rail projects connected with the development and expansion of Indore and its adjoining areas also received jolt from the Rail budget.
Indore-Dahod project was pegged at Rs 2400 cr but just Rs 70 cr was allotted for it. This project is considered as lifeline for exporters of Pithampur.Similarly, for Indore-Khandwa gauge conversion project, just Rs 90 cr was allotted.