(Reposted from another blog of mine which was closed)
March 13 2013: Honorable Railway Minister Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal has announced additional trains and services in his reply speech to the discussion pertaining to the Indian Railway Budget 2013-14 in the Loksabha. He has announced 19 new trains including 16 Expresses and 3 MEMUs, 3 trains have their routes extended, 5 trains have their frequency extended and the routing of four trains have been clarified in addition to the trains announced in the Budget speech. The details are as under:
New Train Introductions Announced in Addition to those in the Railway Budget:
- Delhi – Thiruvananthapuram Superfast Express (Weekly)
- Tata – Visakhapatnam Express (Weekly)
- Hatia (Ranchi) – Yeshwantpur (Bangalore) Express (Weekly)
- Mumbai – Karaikal (For Velankanni) Express (Weekly) via Chennai, Nagapattinam
- Nagpur – Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Bhopal, Nagda, Kota
- Okha – Nathdwara Express (Weekly) via Dwarka
- Chhapra – Anandvihar (T) Express (Weekly) via Ballia
- Rajkot – Nizamuddin Express (Weekly)
- Raipur – Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) via Amritsar
- Durg – Chhapra Express (Weekly) via Ballia
- Bilaspur – Jodhpur Express (Bi-weekly)
- Bilaspur – Bikaner Express (Bi-weekly)
- Secunderabad-Yeshwantpur (Bangalore) Express (Tri-weekly) via Kurnool Town
- Ambala Cantt. – Delhi Express (Daily) via Jagadhari, Saharanpur
- Varanasi – Shaktinagar Link Express (Daily)
- Jodhpur-Samdari-Bhildi passenger (Daily)
- Ernakulam – Kollam MEMU via Kottayam
- Ernakulam – Kollam MEMU via Alappuzha
- Tandur – Secunderabad MEMU
(It will be announced “later” when these trains will start running. And God knows when that would be)
Increase in Frequency of Days of Service of Existing and Proposed Trains
- 12761/12762 Karimnagar – Tirupati Express from Weekly to 2 days
- 19311/19312 Indore-Pune Express from 3 days to 4 days.
- Mangalore – Kacheguda (Hyderabad) Express announced in the Budget as Weekly to 2 days a week
- Lokmanya Tilak (T) – Kochuveli Express announced in the Budget as a Weekly to 2 days a week
- Puri –Ajmer Express Via Abu-Road announced in the Budget 2013-14 as a Weekly to 2 days a week.
Extension of Service Route of Existing and Proposed Trains
- 12081/12082 Trivandrum – Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi (via Kottayam) will be extended to Kannur.
- The Shoranur – Kozhikode Passenger announced in the budget to be extended to Thrissur
- The new Patna – Sasaram Express announced in the budget to be extended to Bhabhua Road after development of the station.
Routing of New Trains Announced in the 2013-14 Railway Budget.
1. The new Bangalore – Mangalore Weekly Express will run via Kannur, Kozhikode, Shoranur, Palakkad, Coimbatore and Salem and not through the Subramanya – Hassan – Mysore/Tumkur route.
2. The present 17213/17214 Narasapur – Nagarsol (for Sainagar Shirdi) Tri-Weekly Express was announced to be made a daily train in the budget. For 2 days a week the train will run through Guntur – Nadikudi – Nalgonda – Secunderabad and for the remaining 5 days it will run through the present route of Vijayawada – Khammam – Warangal – Secunderabad.
3. The Kakinada – Mumbai Weekly Express will run through Guntur – Nadikudi – Nalgonda – Bibinagar.
4. The route of the Bangalore – Nagercoil Daily Express announced in the budget will be Salem – Namakkal – Karur – Dindigul – Madurai in Tamil Nadu instead of Salem – Tiruchirappalli – Madurai. This will be the first express train on the above route after recent Gauge conversion.
After the state was completely ignored in the Railway Budget, Kerala got again eyewashed with two MEMUs, one new weekly express to New Delhi (where a Rajdhani was expected) a frequency increase and two extensions, one a passenger. None of the really important matters have been addressed, like the really big long standing demand of another daily train from Bangalore to Trivandrum, probably the most busiest route in South India. The Bangalore – Mangalore Weekly Express has surprisingly been routed via Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it should have gone via South Karnataka only. The extension of the JS to Kannur is a good move. Another big highlight is a tri-weekly express between Bangalore and Hyderabad, another perennially overcrowded route. Andhra Pradesh also gets two new trains and frequency of two trains has been increased. Another highlight is the Mumbai – Chennai – Karaikal (Velankanni) Express, as currently there are only three direct trains between Mumbai and Chennai! Also, funnily, Bilaspur gets two bi-weekly trains to Rajasthan. No new lines or projects were announced.