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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented the Railway Budget yesterday amidst high expectations. While it got mixed reactions, one of the highlights of the Railway Budget 2016 is the new trains that Prabhu has proposed. It is interesting how he has kept in mind both reserved and unreserved passengers when introducing these new services. While we are not completely satisfied with the Budget we are looking forward to these four new trains the Minister has proposed: Also Read - Unlock 1.0: Tarapith, Tirupati, Jagannath, Meenakshi Temples | What is Opening And From When?
1. Humsafar, a fully air-conditioned 3rd AC service which will have optional meal catering service. Also Read - PDB vs DOR Dream11 Team Prediction Bundesliga 2020: Captain, And Fantasy Football Tips For Today's SC Paderborn 07 vs Borussia Dortmund Football Match at Benteler-Arena 9:30 PM IST May 31 Sunday
2. Tejas, a high-speed train with an operating speed of 130 kmph with Wi-Fi and entertainment facilities as well as local cuisine options.
3. For unreserved passengers, he proposed a service called Antyodaya to be operated over long distances on dense routes.
4. UDAY or Utkrisht air-conditioned Yatri Express – an air-conditioned overnight service to be operated on busy routes.
He also announced that a single service provider will be employed to ensure better accountability and customer satisfaction.
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Whether Suresh Prabhu is able to implement all the promises made over the last two Railway budgets remains to be seen. However, with plans of improving connectivity to northeast India, beautification of railway stations, and priority provision of passenger amenities at pilgrim centers, we cannot help but be excited about how great our train journeys could become in the future.