Howrah (HWH): Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Minister of State for Railways flagged off Santragachi-Chennai Bi-Weekly Fully Air Conditioned Superfast Express and one pair Howrah-Amta EMU Local Trains at an impressive function held at Howrah Station, New Complex this morning (15/01/2014). MOSR also announced 3 additional pairs of EMU Local Trains between Santragachi-Panskura, Santragachi-Kharagpur and Santragachi-Uluberia which would run daily except Sundays & National Holidays with effect from 16/01/2013. He described the new trains as gifts to the people on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal. Radhey Shyam, General Manager, South Eastern Railway, Rajeev Bhargava, General Manager, Metro Railway and other senior officers of South Eastern and Eastern Railways attended the function. Chowdhury while addressing the gathering said that the introduction of this fully air conditioned train would immensely benefit the passengers who intend to go to South India for treatment, educational purposes and for visiting tourist places. Chowdhury also said that Howrah-Amta and Howrah-Khargpur Sections are densely populated and the new EMU local trains would ensure hassle free daily journey for the suburban commuters. MOSR stated that with the flagging off of the new trains, the budget commitments on the part of South Eastern Railway have been fulfilled except Hatia-YesvantpurExpress which would also be flagged off shortly. As far as the projects are concerned, Minister said that the works of Santragachi-Tikiapara fourth line and Girimaidan-Gokulpur Doubling have been completed. This apart, the works of other railway projects like Tamluk-Basulya Sutahata doubling and Panskura-Shyamchak-Kharagpur third line are in advanced stages. Chowdhury also said that two escalators have been installed at Kharagpur Station for the benefit of the passengers.
Earlier, Radhey Shyam, General Manager, South Eastern Railway while welcoming the MOSR and other distinguished guests said that though South Eastern Railway has traditionally been a freight carrying railway, due importance has been given to the running of long distance mail/express trains and suburban services. General Manager said that for improving the passenger services, South Eastern Railway has already introduced four mail/express trains, two pairs of suburban EMU locals, one pair of MEMU and one pair DMU trains during the current financial year. The introduction of four pairs of additional EMU locals between Howrah-Amta, Santragachi-Panskura, Santragachi-Kharagpur and Santragachi-Uluberia would also fulfill the transportation needs of the people of suburban sections. Goutam Banerjee, Divisional Railway Manager, Kharagpur conveyed the vote of thanks.