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Aug 15 2016 (2:07PM)  No Rail Budget from next fiscal (www.thehindu.com)
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The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Railway Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal, with the Finance Ministry accepting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s proposal to merge it with the General Budget.
According to railways, the Finance Ministry has now constituted a five-member committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the national transporter to work out the modalities for the merger. The committee has been asked to submit its report by August 31.
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with General Budget. This will be in the Railway’s and the nation’s interest. We are working out the modalities,” Mr. Prabhu said. The Railways have to bear an additional burden of about Rs. 40,000 crore on account of implementation of the Pay Commission awards, besides an annual outgo of Rs. 32,000 crore on subsidies. — PTI
  
Aug 15 2016 (12:58PM)  Finance Ministry accepts Suresh Prabhu's proposal, no Rail Budget from next fiscal (m.economictimes.com)
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Posted by: Dibrugarh Guwahati Shatabdi Express~  363 news posts
"I had written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for merger of the Rail Budget with General Budget. This will be in the Railway's interest and also in the nation's interest," Prabhu said.
NEW DELHI: The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal, with the Finance Ministry accepting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu's proposal to merge it with the General Budget.
According to railways, the Finance Ministry has now constituted a five-member committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the national
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transporter to work out the modalities for the merger. The committee has been asked to submit its report by August 31.
"I had written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for merger of the Rail Budget with General Budget. This will be in the Railway's interest and also in the nation's interest. We are working out the modalities," Prabhu told PTI.
The public sector behemoth has to bear an additional burden of about Rs 40,000 crore on account of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission awards, besides an annual outgo of Rs 32,000 crore on subsidies.
Besides, the delay in completion of projects resulted in cost overrun of Rs 1.07 lakh crore and huge throw-forward of Rs 1.86 lakh crore in respect of 442 ongoing rail projects.
If the merger happens, Indian Railway will get rid of the annual dividend it has to pay for gross budgetary support from the government every year.
According to a senior Railway official, the move to discard the age-old practice of a separate Rail Budget is part of Modi government's reform agenda.
With the merger, the issue of raising passenger fares, an unpopular decision, will be the Finance Minister's call.
Prabhu had also told Rajya Sabha on August 9 that he has asked the Finance Minister to merge the Railway Budget with General Budget in the long-term interest of national transporter as well as the country's economy.
All-India Railwaymen's Federation General Secretary Gopal Mishra said Railway Ministry's autonomy will be lost in the merger. "But we have to see in what form the merger will happen," he said.
The merger move is significant as it is expected to have political implications.
It has been seen that almost every Railway Minister, particularly in coalition governments, has addressed his constituencies by doling out favours by way of new trains and projects.
The keenly sought after Railway Ministry is likely to lose much of its sheen if merger happens.
  
Aug 15 2016 (10:37AM)  Railway Budget to be merged with General Budget from 2017 (www.thehindu.com)
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The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Railway Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal, with the Finance Ministry accepting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s proposal to merge it with the General Budget.
According to railways, the Finance Ministry has now constituted a five-member committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the national transporter to work out the modalities for the merger. The committee has been asked to submit its report by August 31.
“I had written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for merger of the Rail Budget
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with General Budget. This will be in the Railway’s interest and also in the nation’s interest. We are working out the modalities,” Mr. Prabhu told PTI.
The public sector behemoth has to bear an additional burden of about Rs. 40,000 crore on account of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission awards, besides an annual outgo of Rs. 32,000 crore on subsidies.
Besides, the delay in completion of projects resulted in cost overrun of Rs. 1.07 lakh crore and huge throw-forward of Rs. 1.86 lakh crore in respect of 442 ongoing rail projects.
If the merger happens, Indian Railway will get rid of the annual dividend it has to pay for gross budgetary support from the government every year.
According to a senior Railway official, the move to discard the age-old practice of a separate Rail Budget is part of the Modi government’s reform agenda.
With the merger, the issue of raising passenger fares, an unpopular decision, will be the Finance Minister’s call.
Mr. Prabhu also told Rajya Sabha on August 9 that he has asked the Finance Minister to merge the Railway Budget with General Budget in the long-term interest of national transporter as well as the country’s economy.
All-India Railwaymen’s Federation General Secretary Gopal Mishra said Railway Ministry’s autonomy will be lost in the merger. “But we have to see in what form the merger will happen,” he said.
The merger move is significant as it is expected to have political implications.
It has been seen that almost every Railway Minister, particularly in coalition governments, has addressed his constituencies by doling out favours by way of new trains and projects.
The keenly sought after Railway Ministry is likely to lose much of its sheen if merger happens.
Keywords: Railway Budget, General Budget, 2017 Union Budget, Finance Minister
  
Aug 13 2016 (7:33PM)  Rail Budget's over 90-year old journey may come to an end in 2017 (www.financialexpress.com)
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In what could be a historic move, the Narendra Modi government is all set to abolish over 90-year old tradition of presenting separate rail budget from next year onwards. A report in ToI quoting Finance Ministry sources claimed that Arun Jaitley has given his nod for the merger of the Union Rail Budget with the Union Budget from next year. The practice of separate rail and general budget was started way-back in 1924.
The report quoting sources in the ministry said that the government has formed a five-member committee to chalk-out the modalities for the proposal. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu had himself written to Arun Jaitley-led finance ministry for the merger of both the budgets. After Prabhu wrote to Jaitley, the finance
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ministry started considering the proposal. Suresh Prabhu has said in Rajya Sabha that the Rail Budget should be merged with the general budget. “As far as Railway Budget is concerned… I have written a letter personally to the Finance Minister saying we are willing for merger (of Railway Budget with the General Budget). In fact, I had suggested even last year. So it’s not that I want to just present a budget. I am looking at a national interest,” Suresh Prabhu had said.
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Bibek Debroy, who is a member of Niti Aayog, has also voiced support for the same. Debroy, in his note titled ‘Dispensing with the Rail Budget’, has urged for merger of both the budget terming the exercise as ‘mechanism to announce popular measures’. Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya also said that the move could become a reality next year.
Suresh Prabhu has also said that Railways can contribute around 2-2.5 per cent of the GDP but investments are needed for that. Indian Railways is facing huge burden of 7th Pay Commission of about Rs 30,000-40,000 crore in addition to the subsidy amount of Rs 34,000 crore.

  
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Like Surface Road transport sector ,Indian Railways also approved more and more funds from the Central Budgets are welcomed.But any neglected in Budget may be vindicated the economic and environmental friendly mode of transportation.
  
Aug 13 2016 (1:26PM)  No separate rail budget from 2017 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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No separate rail budget from 2017 fiscal year. Merged with general budget.
  
Aug 11 2016 (7:09AM)  Kalaburagi-Bidar line to be commissioned in February 2017 (www.railnews.co.in)
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Kalaburagi-Bidar line to be commissioned in February 2017
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Gulbarga Bidar lineKalaburagi: The long-pending Kalaburagi-Bidar new rail line will be commissioned in February 2017 after the completion of the ongoing works on laying rail lines and construction of railway stations between Kalaburagi and Humnabad, Ajai Kumar Dubey, Divisional Railway Manager, Central Railway, has said.Speaking at the flagging of ceremony of the Gulbarga-Hyderabad Inter-city Express on Monday, he outlined the works taken up by the Railways in the
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Kalaburagi region.
He said that the fourth platform at the Gulbarga Railway Station, constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.5 crore, would be commissioned in September and the second foot overbridge along with a lift in the fourth platform, set up at a cost of Rs. 2.6 crore, would be commissioned by March 2017.
The road overbridge at Mother Teresa School on the New Jewargi Road, taken up at a cost of Rs. 20 crore, was expected to be completed by June 2017.
The road overbridge on Kalaburagi-Afzalpur Road, taken up at a cost of Rs. 5.5 crore, would be completed by December. The installation of closed-circuit television cameras at the Gulbarga Railway Station under the Nirbhaya fund would also be completed in the same month. Mr. Dubey said that the rail underbridge at Tarfile near the Gulbarga Railway Station, taken up at a cost of Rs. 3.9 crore, would be completed by September and the second entry to the Gulbarga Railway Station would be completed on August 31.
The Railways also proposes to take up the work on a road overbridge to replace the level crossing at Hirapur and Balram Chowk in Chittapur at an estimated cost of Rs. 56 crore. The Gangapur Road Railway Station would be developed and a foot overbridge would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.5 crore.
Pitline and Fourth platform at Gulbarga Railway Station will be commissioned in September
Mr. Dubey said that the Railways had completed the work on constructing a pit-line for carriage maintenance of 26 coaches in Gulbarga Railway Station at a cost of Rs. 6.21 crore and provided cover over platform in the first platform at the Gulbaga Railway Station at a cost of Rs. 54.64 lakh. The Railways had started using bio-diesel at Wadi Railway Consumer Depots.
Gulbarga-Hyderabad Inter-city Express resumes service
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the Gulbarga-Hyderabad Inter-city Express through a video link from the Secunderabad Railway Station on Monday. He was joined by Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil at the Gulbarga Railway Station.
The same train was inaugurated without any official function in February. But the service was discontinued after a month owing to lack of response from passengers. Major reasons for this were the unsuitable departure timing of the train from the Gulbarga and Hyderabad railway stations and the decision by the Railways not to provide halts at Chittapur, Malkhed and Sedam stations.
No official reason was given for the flagging of the train for the second time. The schedule of the train and halts remain the same. Senior officials did not give any reason for not changing them.
Dr. Patil said that the timing should be changed to suit the requirement of passengers and the Railways should provide halts at Chittapur, Malkhed and Sedam stations. Basavaraj Patil Sedam, MP, said that he had discussed the issue with the Railway Minister. He also demanded that the Railway Ministry start the work of setting up a railway divisional headquarters in Kalaburagi.
The former Minister Qamarul Islam expressed his happiness over the resumption of the train and wanted more halts and a change in the timing.
The train would start at 10.15 a.m. in Kalaburagi and reach Hyderabad at 2.50 p.m. While returning, the train will leave Hyderabad at 4 p.m. and reach Kalaburagi at 9 p.m.
The train will stop at Shahabad, Wadi, Tandur, Vikarabad, and Lingampally.
This train will have one AC chair car, and 10 coaches of second class reserved coaches.
Divisional Railway Manager of Central Railways at Solapur Ajai Kumar Dubey was present.
The train was inaugurated in February, but the service was discontinued

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CBE Shatabdi with HOG now*^~   9393 blog posts   497 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Bidar YPR should be in existing route , they can divert Nanded

  
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yes sir Bangalore-Nanded Express can be rerouted and also can be speeded up by 30 minutes if it goes via Bidar-Gulbarga line

  
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Then AWB - renigunta exp also has to change the route via Gr-Bidr(khanapur)

  
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AWB-Renigunta might change the route, but for sure it goes via Bidar.
  
Aug 08 2016 (1:02PM)  Government serious about merging Rail budget in General budget 793224 (naidunia.jagran.com)
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नई दिल्ली। आम बजट में रेल बजट को मिलाने के प्रस्ताव पर केंद्र सरकार गंभीर है। वित्त मंत्रालय की ओर से बताया गया है कि इस पर विचार किया जा रहा है। हाल में रेल मंत्री सुरेश प्रभु ने वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली को पत्र लिखकर 92 साल पुरानी परंपरा को खत्म करते हुए रेल बजट को आम बजट में मिलाने की सिफारिश की थी।
वित्त सचिव अशोक लवासा ने कहा कि 1924 के बाद से रेल बजट आम बजट से अलग रहा है। तब कुल बजट में रेलवे की हिस्सेदारी 70 फीसद थी। आज यह घटकर सिर्फ 15 फीसद रह गई है। रेल मंत्री के प्रस्ताव पर विचार शुरू हो गया है।
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भारी घाटे से जूझ रहा है। आम बजट में रेल बजट के विलय के बाद यह बोझ वित्त मंत्रालय पर आ जाएगा। दोनों बजट के विलय का सुझाव देने वाले प्रभु ने कहा था कि पहले से ही संकट में घिरे रेलवे पर सातवें वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशों के चलते इस साल और 30 हजार करोड़ का भार आ जाएगा।
नीति आयोग के सदस्य बिबेक देबरॉय की अध्यक्षता वाली समिति की ओर से रेल बजट को आम बजट में शामिल करने की सिफारिश के बाद प्रभु ने जेटली को पत्र लिखा था। यदि विलय हुआ तो रेलवे सालाना लाभांश देने से भी बच जाएगा। अभी उसे सरकार से सकल बजटीय सहायता के लिए इसे देना पड़ता है। प्रभु वित्त मंत्रालय को लाभांश अदा करने की व्यवस्था पर सवाल उठा चुके हैं।
  
Aug 08 2016 (11:02AM)  PM lays Foundation Stone for New Railway Line between Manoharabad-Kothapalli (www.railnews.co.in)
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Hyderabad: Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister laid the Foundation stone for construction of a new Railway line between Manoharabad-Kothapalli, connecting Hyderabad and Karimnagar , apart from several other projects at a function held at Gajwel, Medak District, Telangana today i.e, 7th August, 2016. E.S.L. Narasimhan, Hon’ble Governor, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh; K. Chandrashekar Rao, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, M.Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Ananth Kumar, Hon’ble Union Ministers were amongst a galaxy of dignitaries present on the occasion.
Addressing the huge gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the Centre & Telangana Government joining hands to take up projects together reflects a positive sign of co-operative federalism towards taking the nation
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forward. Elaborating on the role of Railways in nation’s growth, he stated that rail connectivity is vital for development and infrastructure growth is the need which serves this task. Economic progress and Railway connectivity go hand in hand for National progress, he stressed.
Although the people of the state have wanted the rail line between Manoharabad and Kothapalli for a long time, their wish is fulfilled only today with the laying of foundation stone for the new line, the Prime Minister added and expressed confidence that the project will see fulfillment as scheduled.
K.Chandrasekhar Rao, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana, in his speech stated that the Manoharabad-Kothapalli new Railway line will basically serve as a much needed direct rail link connecting Hyderabad with Karimnagar. The taking up of this project fulfills a long cherished dream of the people, he added. He acknowledged that the dynamism of Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in resolving issues very fast, which enabled the work on Hyderabad Metro Rail to proceed smooth. Earlier, Bandaru Dattatreya, welcomed the Prime Minister, other dignitaries in his brief address.
Salient Features of New Railway Line:
The Manoharabad-Kothapalli new Railway line, to a length of 150 kms is being taken up at an anticipated cost of Rs.1160 Crore.
The new line will directly connect Hyderabad with Karimnagar for the first time by rail, passing through places hitherto not on the Railway map.
The new rail line majorly covers a stretch of 88 kms in Medak District & 59 kms in Karimnagar District with a small balance of 4 kms falling in Warangal District in between.
The new line will have 13 Railway stations enroute, in addition to already existing Manoharabad and Kothapalli. These are Nacharam, Iranagaram, Gajwel, Kodakandla, Lakdaram, Duddeda, Siddipet, Gurralagondi, Chinna Lingapur, Sircilla, Vemulavada, Boinpally and Wedira.
With the major locations on the route being important towns of Telangana, the new line holds immense potential for rise in economic activity and development.
On completion, the new line will reduce travel time between various stations enroute.
The new line linkage holds the added benefit of acting as a viable alternative route between Secunderabad-New Delhi via Karimnagar.
Suresh Prabhu Flags off New Trains, inaugurates Passenger Amenities at Secunderabad Railway Station
Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways Flagged off Train No.11307 Gulbarga-Hyderabad (Daily) Intercity Express; Train No.11083 Mumbai LTT-Kazipet (Weekly) Tadoba Express and Time Tabled (Weekly) CONCOR Cargo Express Service from Nagalapalli to Tuglakabad (via Remote Video Link. He also commissioned Two Lifts at Nizamabad Railway Station (Via Remote Video Link) will Inaugurate AC Retiring Rooms and Dormitory on Platform No.1, Secunderabad Station and 100% LED lighting at Hyderabad and Kacheguda Stations at Secunderabad Railway Station on 8th August, 2016.
Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Govt. of India; Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Hon’ble Minister of State for Home Affairs, Govt. of India are the Guests of Honour. The function was be also attended by other public representatives and dignitaries.
Md.Mahmood Ali, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister & Minister for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, ULC, Stamps & Registration, Govt. of Telangana; Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Hon’ble Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development Corporation and Cinematography, Govt. of Telangana; Naini Narsimha Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Home, Prisons, Fire Services, Sainik Welfare, Labour & Employment, Govt. of Telangana; T. Padma Rao Goud, Hon’ble Minister for Excise & Prohibition, Sports and Youth Services, Govt. of Telangana; P. Mahender Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Govt. of Telangana; Bonthu Rammohan, Hon’ble Mayor, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation; Dr. K. Keshava Rao, Hon’ble MP (Rajya Sabha); Mohd. Ali Khan, Hon’ble MP (Rajya Sabha); M.S. Prabhakar Rao, Hon’ble MLC, G. Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble MLA, Amberpet and Jaffar Hussain, Hon’ble MLA, Nampally have been the distinguished Guests and witnessed the function, which was also attended by other public representatives, dignitaries and senior railway officials.

  
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Need to change the track as construction new line single diesel BG for MOB/KPHI

  
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so now both ap n ts state's got 2trains each witin 1-3 months
  
Aug 08 2016 (9:11AM)  If merged, Railways won't need to pay annual dividend (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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The Union finance ministry has said it has started the process of examining the proposal from the railway ministry to merge the rail budget with the general budget, 92 years after the separation took place. “We will look at his (railway minister Suresh Prabhu's) proposal and examine it. It will have to be done in consultation with the railway ministry . That process has started,“ finance secretary Ashok Lavasasaid.
The rail budget has had a separate existence from the general budget since 1924 when the British spun it off for a better focus on India's most important infrastructure network.The Railways then accounted for 70% of the total budget. It is now only 15%, on an average, of the country's budget.
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when a decision is likely, Lavasa said, “We can reach a conclusion only after we have considered the pros and cons of his (railway minister's) proposal. “This (merger) is something that has been suggested even in the past. So, one will have to consider what was the view taken in the past and why that view was taken,“ he said. The Indian Railways suffer from a huge revenue deficit, the burden of which will be transferred to the finance ministry after the merger.
According to Prabhu, who suggested the merger of the two budgets in a recent letter to the finance ministry , the already stressed Railways were facing an additional burden this year of Rs 30,000 crore on account of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
The letter from Prabhu came after a committee headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy suggested the merger as part of restructuring of the Railways.If the merger happens, the Railways will also get rid of the annual dividend it currently has to pay for gross budgetary support (GBS) from the government.
Prabhu in the current monsoon session of parliament had questioned the paying of the dividend to the finance ministry . “This paying dividend to the finance ministry is one area which really needs to be looked into. Why should the Railway pay dividend? This has been a recommendation of the Standing Committee,“ Prabhu said in the Lok Sabha.
If the finance ministry agrees to the proposal, there could be a unified Union Budget for 2017-18 after 92 years.
  
Aug 04 2016 (11:47AM)  Pollachi - podanur line GC reaches last kilometer (www.railnews.co.in)
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Coimbatore: Work on the gauge conversion of the Pollachi-Podanur line has reached the last stretch, said railway officials here on Wednesday. They are now working on the last kilometre of the 40km route. The conversion of the track from metre guage to broad guage will be complete by this December. The completion of the project will make travelling to and from Pollachi not only faster, but also safer.
Railway officials confirmed that the project would be completed by 2016-end. They said guage conversion of 39km stretch between the two stations is already complete. “Work on the last one km stretch is going on. We are deep cutting a rock which is around 40ft deep between Chettipalayam and Kinathukidavu,” said a senior engineer
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in charge of the project.
Work on gauge conversion between Pollachi and Podanur, which is part of the 160km route from Dindigul to Podanur, began way back in 2009. The project faced a host of issues ranging from funding and land acquisition to a rocky terrain that they had to cut through to lay the new track.
The cost of the whole project was 900 crore, with the Pollachi-Podanur stretch alone costing 300 crore. “However, the funds kept coming in bursts which impeded work. The terrain between Pollachi and Podanur also had massive rocks and boulders which had to be blasted or deep cut to clear the path,” said the engineer.
Once this track comes through, the thousands of people who commute regularly between Pollachi and Coimbatore for work can take the train, reducing travel time to just 40 minutes as opposed to the one hour long bus ride on the congested and accident prone Coimbatore-Pollachi Road. This will also reduce the train journey time between Coimbatore and Madurai from the existing five-and-a-half hours to four hours. “This will include a change of trains in Dindigul but without hassle,” said the Madurai division spokesperson.

  
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