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17 new premium trains announced in interim rail budget

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OST Bureau/IANS
New Delhi. Feb 12:

Seventeen new premium trains have been announced in the interim rail budget presented in the Parliament today.

Thirty eight new express trains and 10 passengers were also announced in what is going to be the last Rail Budget of the UPA government presented by Railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge.Kharge

The Railway minister’s budget proposal also announced that train services between Jammu and Katra will be launched soon.

The budget speech of the Railway minister was repeatedly interrupted due to protests over the Telengana issue, which led to the adjournment of the Lok Sabha for the day.

Highlights of interim railway budget 2014-15:

Following are the highlights of the Interim Railway Budget 2014-15 presented in the Lok Sabha by Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge:

– 17 new premium trains to be introduced

– Rs.19,805 crore budgetary support needed for the fiscal 2014-15

– Electrification of 4,556 km railway line was completed against a target of 4,500 km

– Target of doubling gauge was also surpassed: 2,227 km was completed against a target of 2,000 km

– Seeks approval of spending for first four months of fiscal 2014-15

– Railway services to expand to hinterland and frontiers of India

– To start train services for Vaishno Devi shrine to Katra in Jammu and Kashmir

– Setting up 11.2 km tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir