Babulal Jain, member of the Zonal Rail Users’ Consultative Committee (ZRUCC), South Western Railway Zone, has urged Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to include the long-pending rail projects in the 2013-14 Railway Budget.

In a memorandum forwarded to Mr. Bansal, Mr. Jain has stated that Karnataka offered a conducive atmosphere to not only to information technology-, biotechnology- and semiconductor technology-based industries but also to the manufacturing sector. Many large steel industries had been established in Bellary and Koppal districts. Keeping future growth in view, it was essential to plan for further development of infrastructure.

He said that there was a huge demand for more passenger trains, considering the fact that the present services in this steel belt of Bellary, Hospet, Koppal, Gadag and Hubli in the South Western Railway Zone was very minimal. Introduction of a new train service between Yeshwantpur and Bikaner via Guntakal, Bellary, Hospet, Gadag and Sholapur would help a large number of people in the north Karnataka region intending to go towards Gujarat and Rajasthan. At present, due to heavy demand, passengers were unable to get reservation and a new train on a different route would come as a relief to them.

Similarly, demand for a through train between Chennai and Hubli or Chennai and Mumbai, via Guntakal, Bellary Hospet and Gadag, was pending for long, he said.

Running of the Amravati Express between Hubli and Vijayawada seven days a week instead of the present three days a week, conversion of the Yeshwantpur-Jaipur special train from the present once a week into a permanent one to run thrice a week, extension of the Guntakal-Bellary passenger train up to Hospet, introduction of a superfast train between Hubli and Dadar, and running of the Bikaner-Dadar Express as a daily train from the present twice a week, were among the other demands raised by Mr. Jain in his letter.