Union Railway Budget 2013: What Kerala Gained?

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Union Railway Minister Shri.Pawan Kumar Bansal presented the Railway Budget for the year 2013-2014. Was there any gain for Kerala in this budget? Lets have a look !

In the budget speech, minister mentions “As regards setting up of new coach factories at Palakkad…….we are in consultation with respective state governments. I am hopeful of early commencement of work.” The minster also announced that a Skill Development centre will be established at Kollam. No proposals made for new lines, no new proposals for doubling;but announced the survey for Shornur-Mangalore 3rd line.

New Express Trains Proposed

  • Lokmanya Tilak – Kochuveli¬† Express (Weekly)
  • Visakhapatnam – Kollam Express (Weekly)
  • Mangalore – Kacheguda Express (Weekly) via Coimbatore, Renigunta, Gooty, Dhone

Eventhough the following trains are starting/terminating at Nagercoil & Kanyakumari respectively, it is also useful for Kerala, especially those from Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Nagercoil – Bangalore Express (Daily) via Madurai, Thiruchirappalli
  • Puducherry – Kanyakumari Express (Weekly) via Villupuram, Myladuthurai, Thiruchirappalli

New Passenger Trains Proposed

  • Punalur – Kollam Passenger (Daily)
  • Shornur – Kozhikode Passenger (Daily)
  • Thrissur – Guruvayur Passenger (Daily)

Extension of existing trains

  • 12507/12508 Guwahati – Ernakulam Express to Thiruvananthapuram
  • 12653/12654 Mangalore – Thiruchirappalli Express to Puducherry
  • 56700/56701 Madurai – Kollam Passenger to Punalur
  • 66611/66612 Ernakulam – Thrissur MEMU to Palakkad
  • 66304/66305 Kollam – Nagercoil MEMU to Kanyakumari

The frequency of 12217/12218 Kochuveli – Chandigarh Express increased from 1 to 2 days.

It is also announced that the Guage Conversion of Meenakshipuram – Palakkad section and Doubling of Chengannur – Thiruvalla and Piravom Road – Kuruppanthara sections will be completed during 2013-2014.

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