SME Times News Bureau | 27 Feb, 2013
Tuesday got one new train and other projects from Railway Minister Pawan Kumar
Bansal, but the state's opposition BJP described the railway budget for 2013-14
Presenting the annual budget of his ministry in Lok Sabha, Bansal announced
starting a new express train between Una and Hazur Sahib in Maharashtra, known
for its Sikh shrine.
Named Una-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express, the train will run once in a week via
Anandpur Sahib, Morinda, Chandigarh and Ambala.
Bansal also announced to conduct surveys in the next fiscal for Amb-Kangra via
Nadaun, Baddi-Bilaspur and Dharamsala-Palampur rail lines, all located in low
As part of skill development of the youths in railway-related trades, the
minister announced to set up one of the 25 centres in Shimla.
On the strategically important Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line connecting Himachal and
Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, adjoining China border, Bansal announced he
would pursue approval of certain projects of national importance, including
BJP's national vice-president Shanta Kumar, who belongs to the hill state,
described the railway budget as discriminatory and disappointing.
"Despite the strategic importance of the Mandi-Manali-Leh rail line, the
central government has been indifferent towards its construction," he said
in a statement.