Pawan Bansal will announce 100 new trains in Rail Budget 2013-14: sources
Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will announce plans to launch as many as 100 new trains in the Rail Budget 2013-14, sources in the ministry said.
The sources said that the new trains will include AC double deckers, new passenger trains as well as extension of existing services. They also said that the focus would be on providing passengers with more amenities.
Speaking on the topic, a person familiar with the contents of the upcoming Rail Budget said, "About 100 new trains will be announced in the budget. The focus of the Rail Budget this year is on providing more amenities to passengers."
In his maiden budget speech on February 26, Mr. Bansal is also expected to announce more measures to ensure cleanliness and hygiene in trains and railway stations, by providing quality linen, upgrading fire-fighting arrangements and introducing new facilities for differently abled persons.
The person added that attempts had been made to cater to the demands of all regions of the country, including North East.
The ministry will make provision for building as many as 16,000 new wagons and 670 new locomotives including twenty LNG locomotives in the budget.
In the Rail Budget of 2012-13, the ministry had announced the launch of a total of 175 trains, including passenger services.