HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway (SCR) announced the introduction of 12 new trains on Saturday during the release of the revised southern zone time-table that would come into effect from July 1. Fourteen trains were announced in the rail budget 2013-14, of which two have already been introduced. The remaining will be introduced later in the year but timings for these trains were mentioned in the revised time-table.
The bi-weekly trains to be introduced later include Kacheguda-Mangalore, Kakinada-Mumbai, Guntur-Shirdi and Guntur-Mumbai trains. Weekly trains to Puducherry and between Nizamabad-Mumbai, Nanded-Nangaldam and Gandhidham-Visakhapatnam are also set to start soon.
The new time-table also marked changes in the frequency of eight trains, details of running time of 11 trains originating in other divisions but passing through SCR, speeding up of 10 trains, extension of services of 10 trains and provision of additional stoppages for 11 trains. It was also announced that the terminals of Hyderabad-Bidar Express and Belampalli-Hyderabad Express have been changed from Hyderabad to Secunderabad.
A pocket-size time-table for MMTS and local train services was also released. The booklet, which would be available for Rs 5 at railway stations, contains system maps, fare tables and list of colonies close to MMTS stations.
Highlighting the achievements of SCR on the occasion, General Manager, D.P.Pande said, “SCR loaded more than 110 million tonnes of freight and carried around 387 million passengers, with earnings of more than Rs 10,000 crore last year.” When asked about the status of MMTS phase II, Pande said, “Three parcels of the project have been handed out. On the airport connectivity, which will also be taken up later, GMR has to take a call on how it would accommodate MMTS, metro and road connectivity to the airport. People want all three modes of transport.”
On the issue of passenger security, officials informed that cameras are being installed on trains to keep an eye on both passenger movement and railway staff.