Some trains announced last year still only on paper

The most hyped announcement of last year`s rail budget was setting up of a Rail Neer bottling plant in Jaipur. In the last budget, 17 Superfast/Express trains were announced out of which four major trains are yet to chug off. Pawan Bansal had also announced some trains anticipating that the gauge conversion work of some of the routes would be completed.

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JAIPUR: The frequent changes of rail ministers from Mamata Banerjee to Mallikarjun Kharge in the past few years had resulted in most projects announced in budget remaining unfulfilled.

Out of 17 Express/Superfast trains announced in the rail budget 2013-14 by minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, four trains are yet to start while North Western Railway is not been able to start three passenger trains out of six announced in the budget.

On the eve of rail budget 2014-15, when NWR officers and the passengers are pinning hopes on new minister D V Sadananda Gowda, TOI checked on the unfulfilled promises of previous years.

The most hyped announcement of last year`s rail budget was setting up of a Rail Neer bottling plant in Jaipur.

Asked on the status of this project, a senior officer with the NWR said: "An MoU is being signed between Hindustan Salt Limited and Indian Railway Catering and Transport Corporation (IRCTC).


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