Monday, January 14, 2013

Bansal promises moon for Punjab

Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal displayed his benevolent side as he made a slew of promises and announced several big projects for Punjab, a state which he said "never got its due in the past 50 years so far as improving rail network is concerned.

"A Jan-shatbadi from Ferozepur to Delhi will start soon. Even Fazilka will be linked to Delhi. The Bathinda to Delhi train will be routed through Fazilka and I will speak to the defence ministry to seek permission to run night trains on a few routes in the border area of Fazilka."

Speaking at the Maghi Mela conference of Congress, Bansal did not rule out giving some preference to Punjab in the coming rail budget.

He said the rail link between Muktsar and Hazur Sahib will be connected and Muktsar, Fazilka, Gur-har-Sahai and Gidderbaha railway stations will be upgraded.

On the demand of Congress working committee member Jagmeet Brar, the minister announced adding AC coaches in three trains from Malwa area. He added that Ganganagar to Hardwar train will be extended till Rishikesh Bansal said that Punjab can get another rail factory if the government provides the land for it. He said that more foot over bridges can be constructed if the state shares 50 per cent of the cost.

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