New trains on the way

#1 Feb 24th, 2006, 13:24
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After Sampark Kranti Express last year, it may now be the Jan Sadharan Express, a cheaper AC train that will chug its way into the Rail Budget 2006-07 to be presented by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on February 24.

A number of Jan Sadharan Express trains are likely to be introduced to connect various metros and big cities providing comfort travel to 'Aam Aadmi' (common man) at affordable fare, that will be cheaper than the present AC rail travel in the country.

Talking to PTI on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi to launch the 150-kmph Delhi-Bhopal superfast Shatabdi Express, Prasad gave enough indications in this regard saying he would be introducing new trains more particularly the 'Jan Sadharan' keeping the needs of all sections in mind.

Asked specifically as to what would be the message of the Budget, the minister said: "Railway is now the preferred choice for travelers. Railway is growing faster than the national economy."

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#2 Feb 25th, 2006, 13:49
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How ironic that on a day when in India, a so-called 'developing nation', there is all this wonderful news about extra services, trains, and routes for the world-leading Indian Railways network, a story appears in the London Times reporting that the British Rail system is about to receive its biggest cuts since the Beeching closures of the 1960s.,00.html

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#3 Feb 28th, 2006, 21:31
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The cheaper AC train is not Jan Sadharan...this one has been introduced last year and is running between Muzaffarpur/Patna and Mumbai/Ahmedabad.

The new stunt this year is the "Garib Rath" (Poor man's chariot), a fully A/C train with 25% lesser fare than the normal fare.

The Sampark Kranti was a super flop in most places (or atleast had to stop commercially at stations outside the state it originated from, making it a normal express) and now the super ironic Garib Rath! Reducing AC fare by 25% isn't going to make it cheaper for the truly Garib (poor). Laloo is getting away with his silly but carefully aimed stunts.
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