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Double delight for Delhi

Double delight for Delhi
In the new Budget, the Railways Minister has promised to provide escalators, bio-toilets, increased facility for the disabled and patients besides providing wi-fi at almost all the major stations in Delhi region.

“As the facilities are to be provided on every A and B category stations in Delhi region which also covers NCR — almost all the major railway junctions will be covered in this programme,” said spokesperson of Northern Railway. Delhi region has received Rs 159 crore for passenger amenities which was Rs 84 crore in the last Budget. Besides, the allocation to ease traffic on railway tracks has been increased from Rs 32 crore to Rs 84 crore and a rail over bridge at Ghaziabad has been proposed.

The railway stations like Delhi, New Delhi, Anand Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan, Sabji Mandi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Rivari, Rohtak, Karnal, Meerut, and Bagpat which provide easy connectivity to lakhs of daily commuters, will also benefit with the allocation. Presently, only New Delhi railway station has the facility of wi-fi in the region which would be extended to these stations also as they all come under either in A or B category.

The Railways Minister has also promised to train auto and taxi drivers to act as tourist guides in the city besides a scientific preservation centre for bananas at Azadpur. “New railway lines are also proposed for faster movement of trains on triangular route- New Delhi to Delhi to Sabji Mandi to New Delhi. This route is used for EMU trains famous as local trains of NCR region to connection the national Capital city with NCR stations,” said the spokesperson.

Prabhu has also proposed to install water treatment and recycling plants at 10 railway stations. Besides these, the system of SMS alert on train status, emphasis of Swachh Bharat Mission, replacement of existing toilets with bio-toilets, hand-held devices for ticket checkers, mobile charging facilities, helplines will also be added advantage to commuters.
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