The rail budget presented by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu gave a good push to the rail infrastructural projects in the city with an allotment of as much as Rs 60 crore for creation of traffic facilities. The budget has allocated Rs 23 crore for creation of additional terminal at the Hadapsar Railway Station as well as Rs 38.07 crores for remodeling of Pune Railway Yard. Both the projects will boost the operational efficiency and ease congestion at the Pune Station.
Funds have also been sanctioned for several fresh line laying projects in Pune Division as for creation of as many as six block-huts between Pune and Daundh. The budget, however, refused to address other pressing issues such as more connectivity to northern destinations and additional trains between Pune and Mumbai. Prabhu didn’t announce any new trains although he have coined four fresh categories of train services which may come up in the course of the year.
BK Dadabhoy, Divisional Railway Manager, Pune said the announced projects will address the infrastructural backlog of the Pune Division and will go a long way in meeting the growing needs of rail traffic — both passengers and freight. “There has been an allotment of Rs 38.07 crore for remodeling of Pune Yard that will result in increasing the capacity of Pune Station. Another very important sanction has come in the form of Rs 23.94 crore for construction of additional terminal at the Hadapsar Railway Station,” said Dadabhoy.