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PUNE: Several MPs from state, including Kolhapur, Ahmednagar, Nashik and Solapur, on Wednesday expressed the need for expansion and upgradation of railway services in the state. During a state-level meeting held here ahead of the railway budget, MPs pressed for introduction of new trains, more stoppages for existing trains, doubling of tracks and implementation of passenger amenities at various stations in their respective constituencies. Central Railway's general manager S K Jain, who was present at the meeting, said that demands will be submitted to the railway board. MPs Supriya Sule (Baramati), Bhausaheb Wakchaure (Shirdi), Raju Shetty (Kolhapur), Rajitsinha Mohite Patil (Solapur) and Samir Bhujbal (Nashik) attended the meeting, while Maval MP Gajanan Babar submitted his memorandum to the authorities. Suresh Kalmadi (Pune) and Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil (Shirur) were... Read more...
absent at the meeting. Sule called for better amenities at Pune railway station. "There is a need for upgradation of Pune, Baramati, Daund and Neera railway stations as they have registered significant increase in the number of passenger. The railway administration should also seriously consider commencement of shuttle services on Lonavla-Pune-Daund route to reduce burden on road traffic," she said. Babar said that Maharashtra being a progressive state, the railway ministry should allot more funds for the state. The railways should take up the issue local train services on the Lonavla-Karjat-Panvel route on priority as over hundreds of commuters travel on this route daily. There is a need to lay additional railway tracks between Pune and Lonavla for EMU services. Babar also stressed the need to construct under-passes at various locations in Pimpri, Chinchwad and Akurdi. Since Shirdi was emerging as a pilgrimage centre, additional train services should be started from there, Wakchaure said. Stoppages should be given to long distance trains at Shirdi and Ahmednagar. The railways should also start working on new lines like Pune-Nashik, Shirdi-Shahapur and Puntamba-Rohegaon, he added. Shetty said that Kolhapur has always been neglected as far as railway amenities are concerned. Daily express trains should be started from Kolhapur to Mumbai, Chennai, Nagpur and Ahemdabad. The long-pending demand for upgradation of loading-unloading facilities at Sangli and Kolhapur is still not addressed. Fertilizers of lakhs of rupees go waste because of the poor infrastructure. Shetty also said that no steps were taken for laying a new railway track between Kolhapur and Vaibhavwadi. This track is important as it would be a direct link to the Konkan region.