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Railway track to Daund to be doubled soon

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REALITY CHECK: General manager of the Central Railways Y.K. Kaul inspecting the facilities available in the Gulbarga Railway Station in Gulbarga on Thursday.
REALITY CHECK: General manager of the Central Railways Y.K. Kaul inspecting the facilities available in the Gulbarga Railway Station in Gulbarga on Thursday.

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A proposal has been submitted to the Railway Board

  • Modernisation of five railway stations to be done at a cost of Rs. 6 crore
  • Central Railway was ready to provide additional rakes to traders

    GULBARGA: General manager of Central Railway Y.K. Kaul here on Thursday said the long pending demand for doubling of the railway track between Gulbarga and Daund on the busy Chennai-New Delhi and Bangalore-New Delhi track is likely to be approved by the Railway Board during the next financial year.

    Mr. Kaul inspected the facilities and passenger amenities in Gulbarga, Wadi and Shahabad railway stations. Speaking to presspersons he said the Central Railway has already submitted the proposal with estimates to the Railway Board.

    To a question, he said the Central Railway has taken up modernisation of Solapur, Ahmednagar, Daund, Wadi and Gulbarga railway stations in the Solapur division this year at a cost of Rs. 6 crore. Increasing the passenger amenities and parking space for vehicles has already been taken up while tenders have been called for various other works. The modernisation also includes upgradation of reservation counters.

    Second-class sleeper

    Mr. Kaul said the demand for including one more second-class sleeper coach in Mumbai-Bangalore Udyan Express would be given a serious thought. However, the waiting list details of the second-class passengers from Gulbarga would be taken into consideration before taking a final decision.

    The Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Umakant Nigudgi who met Mr. Kaul submitted a memorandum demanding inclusion of one more sleeper coach in Udyan Express.

    He also wanted the Bijapur-Bangalore Basava Express and the Bangalore City-Ahmedabad Express (6501/6502) to be converted to daily trains.

    On the demand for converting the Basava Express as a daily train, Mr. Kaul said there was no immediate proposal to convert it into a daily train.

    He said there was no demand for more railway rakes from traders and businessmen of the region for transporting their commodities. If there was a demand for additional rakes, the Central Railway was ready to provide.

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