CHANDIGARH, MARCH 3
The upcoming Rail Coach Factory in Haryana would be set up along Jind-Sonipat rail line near Gohana in district Sonipat and a number of ancillary units would also be set up in the adjoining districts of the State.
This was stated by Union Railways Minister, Mr Pawan Bansal while addressing a function at Rohtak Railway Station, organized to flag off the Rohtak-Bahadurgarh-Delhi MEMU (Electric) Train from Rohtak Railway Station.
Mr Bansal said that the Rail Coach Factory would accelerate the pace of development in the state and also provide direct and indirect employment to lakhs of people.
Mr Bansal said that Rohtak-Delhi MEMU train will start daily at 7 a.m. from Rohtak and reach Delhi Railway Station by 9.15 a.m. On return, it will start at 3.50 p.m. from Delhi and reach Rohtak by 6.20 p.m. MEMU train would provide economical and faster travelling option and have 7,500 passengers capacity on one round trip. From Rohtak to Delhi, MEMU train would have stoppages at stations of Delhi, Kishanganj, Vivekanand Puri, Daya Basti, Shakur Basti, Mangolpuri, Nangloi, Mundka, Ghevra, Bahadurgarh, Asaudah, Rohand Nagar, Sampla, Ismaila, Kharawar, Asthal Bohar and Rohtak, so the whole area in particular and other adjoining areas in general would be benefitted.
Mr. Bansal said that Haryana is progressing fast under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupender Singh Hooda. The Railways also decided to contribute in this progress. He said that the three new rail lines of Gurgaon-Sohna-Nuh- Firozpur Zhirka- Alwar, Hisar-Agroha-Fatehabad-Sirsa and Yamunanagar-Sadhaura-Naraingarh-Chandigarh rail lines would change the face of the state. The work of Meham-Hansi Rail line will start soon, he added.
Crediting the Rohtak MP Mr Deepender Singh Hooda for success of various Haryana projects, Mr. Bansal said that Deepender always raises the state’s voice on various Haryana issues in the Lok Sabha. He works hard to present the state case in a responsible and concrete manner. Deepender also took up the cases with the respective Ministers, he further added.
Referring to the demand of Jaipur-Chandigarh rail line, Mr. Bansal said that he would like to go ahead with it, but the railway has to look after the whole country and rail facilities have also to be provided for the remote areas. Rail journey being cheap, is the choice as well as the need of common man. Railway does not earn profit, but for making rail journey safe and comfortable, modernizing the signals, constructing flyovers or underpasses at railway crossings and providing better amenities for the commuters, railway needs money also. Mr. Bansal said that for the shifting of Rohtak-Panipat rail line from within the Rohtak city, the work of bypass will start as soon as the land is made available.
Mr. Bansal said that MEMU train, started today, has modern facilities and will not only make the railway journey comfortable for the commuters, but would also accelerate the pace of development in this area and whole of state and would also enhance the employment opportunities.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda thanked Mr. Bansal for coming to Rohtak for the inauguration of Rohtak-Delhi Electric Train. He said that this year’s rail budget is a historical one. It not only has given a lot to Haryana, but the planning for the future of Railway in the country has also been kept in mind. A lot of attention has been paid to the expansion and modernization. The rail projects include rail lines for Baramulla and Arunachal Pradesh also.
Mr. Hooda said that during past 30 years, Haryana did not get any railway project, but during last eight years the state has got a number of rail projects and silenced the opposition. Mr. Hooda said that the opposition follows the politics of disintegration, whereas we do the politics of development and progress by linking different areas with rails. The rail projects like Jind-Sonipat, Alwar-Delhi, Agroha-Fatehabad, Sirsa-Hisar-Rohtak-Delhi, Yamunanagar-Chandigarh and others will accelerate the pace of development of the State. The coach factory in Sonipat district, Centre of Excellence in Sirsa and Butt Welding factory at Sampla will boost the employment opportunities.
The General Manager, Northern Railways V.K. Gupta and Member of Railway Board Kulbhushan said that in the MEMU Train from Rohtak to Delhi, Passenger Information System has been installed to give information to the travelers about the coming stations. There will be no pollution due to this train and the rail journey would also be comfortable.
Accompanied by the local Congress leaders, Mr Bansal and Mr Deepender Hooda travelled by the MEMU train and addressed public meetings to celebrate the occasion. Haryana Education Minister, Geeta Bhukkal, Rajya Sabha MP Shadi Lal Batra, MLAs namely Dr Raghubir Singh Kadian, Bharat Bhushan Batra, Anand Singh Dangi, Shakuntala Khatak, Rajender Singh Joon, Ex. Ministers Krishan Murti Hooda and Subhash Batra, Political Advisor to Haryana Chief Minister Prof. Virender, Rohtak District Congress President Mr Jaideep Dhankhar, Jhajjar District Congress President Mr Anand Sagar, former MLAs Dr Virender Pal, Hari Ram Balmiki, Congress leaders Chakravarti Sharma and a number of other dignitaries were also present.