IndiaIndian Railway News: Railways started 813 new trains in last five years

Indian Railway News: Railways started 813 new trains in last five years


New Delhi
Railways has introduced around 800 new trains across the country in the last five years. This disclosure has been made in the reply received under the Right to Information (RTI). In the year 2016, the Modi government at the Center merged the Railway Budget with the General Budget. Due to this the tradition of announcing new trains in the Railway Budget also ended.

According to the reply of the Railway Board on the RTI application of Chandrashekhar Gaur, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, no new trains were run in the year 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic as due to this, normal services had to be suspended. According to the reply of the Railway Board, the Railways did not run any new train in the financial year 2020-21. But in the year 2019-20, 144 new trains started operating in the year 2018-19, 266 in the year 2018-19, 170 in the year 2017-18 and 223 in the year 2016-17.

The then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, while presenting the Railway Budget for the year 2015-16, had not announced to start a single new train or to expand the service of existing trains. However, his predecessor DV Sadananda Gowda, while presenting the Railway Budget for the year 2014-2015, announced to run five public, five premium and six air-conditioned trains, 27 new express trains, eight passenger trains, five DEMUs and six MEMUs.

Traditionally, the railway budget was awaited because new trains were announced in it, especially in states where there was a union-ruled party government. A railway official said, “New trains were often announced for political reasons. Now things have been rationalized and new trains are announced as and when they are needed.

It is noteworthy that in the Railway Budget for the year 2011-12, the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced 56 new trains and in the budget of 2012-13, 72 new trains were announced. At the same time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already announced that on the occasion of completion of 75 years of independence by August 2023, Railways will start 75 new Vande Bharat Express.

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