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Ajmer-Ratlam Express extended upto Indore via newly constructed Q-Track
New Delhi, March 28, 2017
The 19653 /19654 Ajmer-Ratlam Express was extended upto Indore via the newly constructed broad gauge Q-Track with the flagging off performed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan today.
The dignitaries who attended the programme at Rail Bhavan end included Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly of the local area. Chairman, Railway Board, A. K. Mital, Member Traffic Railway Board, Mohd Jamshed and other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Mahajan, said, “Today’s train extension shall be beneficial to everyone in Madhya Pradesh area. Under the leadership of Suresh Prabhu most of the demands regarding rail connectivity in Indore region have already been fulfilled and the area does not have any more demands.
“Indore-Dahod track work is in progress. Railway connectivity with the industrial township of Pithampur has been accomplished and container services have also started. Mhow station development is ensured. Army has given land for it. Madhya Pradesh won't lag behind in the process of growth. I appreciate the leadership of Suresh Prabhu ji under which the difficult work of making tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir area was completed,” she added.
Mr Prabhu said, “Allocation to Madhya Pradesh has been raised to Rs. 2871 crore in the last two years from Rs. 632 Crore in the previous year which is increase of 354%. In 2017-18 Rail Budget allocation, it is further raised to 750% more. Funds are no more impediment in the process of growth.
“Gauge conversion, doubling and tripling projects have gathered pace in Madhya Pradesh. Projects of Rs. 56,547 crore are being implemented. Seven new surveys are conducted and have been sanctioned. Gauge conversion from Chittorgarh, Ratlam, Indore work has been completed. Indian Railways and Madhya Pradesh Government will soon form Joint venture company. State Government has given assent. Next Year on Gudi Padwa, it shall be done,” he added.
The extension of the train will provide an additional connectivity between Ajmer and Indore via Ratlam through the newly commissioned broad gauge section. There will be no change in the timings of the train between Ajmer and Ratlam, an official press release added.