Gohain dedicates Churu-Fatehpur track to public after gauge conversion, flags off special train
JAIPUR: Here is good news for the people of Shekhawati region, including armymen, ex-servicemen and traders’ community seeking direct broad gauge rail connectivity to Delhi. Six months after starting broad gauge rail connectivity from Sikar to Delhi was started via Jhunjhunu, similar connectivity was started on Saturday from Sikar to Delhi this time via Churu, Bikaner.
The train, Churu-Sikar passenger (74857) will depart from Churu at 5.40pm and reach Sikar at 7.45pm. On its return journey, the train will depart from Sikar at 7.30am and reach Churu at 9.35am. The eight-coach train will have halt at Bisau, Mahansar, Ramgarh Shekhawati, Kayamsar, Fatehpur Shekhawati, Lakshmangarh Sikar and Rashidpur Khori.
With this, majority of the Shekhawati region, including Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Fatepur, Churu, Sadulpur and Bikaner, get directly connected to Delhi.
Gohain, the union minister of state for railways, said special attention was being paid on the railway security. Government has increased the budget by “two to three times” to improve the railway security, he said, adding that additional budget has been allocated to complete pending rail projects.
He said change in railway infrastructure can be witnessed in recent times, as projects have been taken up to enhance passenger facilities. With transparency, there is change in speed of work and the government is working on providing more funds for new projects and complete them on time, he added.
Gohain said looking into the demand from public representatives in Rajasthan, priority is being given to railway projects and efforts are being made to complete all projects on time. He directed officers to make new proposals keeping in view the local demands.
Panchayati raj and rural development minister Rajendra Singh Rathore, education minister Vasudev Devnani, devasthan minister Raj Kumar Rinwa, Churu MP Rahul Kaswan, Sikar MP Sumedhanand Saraswati and Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Budhania were present at the function, said North Western Railway (NWR) chief public relation officer Tarun Jain.
In the near future people can expect direct train to Delhi from Sikar via Churu and Fatehpur Shekhawati. “It will certainly boost tourism in the area as the foreign tourists attracted towards Havelis of Shehkhawati and other monuments can directly enter into Shekhawati region after landing in Delhi, ” said Anurag Sharma, a manager at a leading telecommunication company at Churu said.
Train from Sikar to Delhi Sarai Rohilla train via Churu will take 2 hours less than what it used to take on meter gauge line. It will also enable the army men, ex-servicemen, para military forces and trader community to direct go to Delhi without even coming to Jaipur.
“It was actually problematic for the people of Churu, Sikar and Fatehpur to go to Delhi by train as earlier they had to take train on broad gauge track from Jaipur to Delhi which was time consuming. Now, with the start of this route Sikar, Fatehpur, Sadulpur, Bikaner, Jhunjhunu is directly connected to Delhi,” said Tarun Jain, chief public relations officer, NWR.
Welcoming the guests, NWR General Manager TP Singh briefed them about the Sikar-Fatehpur Shekhawati rail line after the gauge conversion.
The guests present at the function demanded from the union minister to introduce new trains, extend existing one and increase train trips. They also raised issues such as problems of railway gates, projects of railway over bridge and escalator facility at Churu and Ratangarh railway stations with Gohain.