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Dec 19 2016 (13:21)  Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flags off Bandra-Gorakhpur weekly train to make travel from Mumbai-UP easy (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was in Mumbai to flag off a weekly train from Bandra Terminus to Gorakhpur on Saturday.
The event was of prominence for labourers who go to Uttar Pradesh often. The event was thus attended by Jagdambika Pal, the Member of Parliament of Domariyaganj in UP.
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"Each year during summers, people face hardships to visit Gorakpur and other
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areas on UP-Bihar border. This train will be a blessing for them from this year and will make their journey comfortable," Pal said.
Suresh Prabhu said that the frequency of many Mumbai-bound trains from UP has also been increased to facilitate the movement of those who had come to Mumbai from their home states for employment purposes.
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FREE WI-FI LAUNCHED AT 9 SUBURBAN STATIONS
The Railway Minister also inaugurated free Wi-Fi at nine more suburban stations, and escalators at railway stations.
On free Wi-Fi launch at stations, Education Minster, Vinod Tawde said, "With the help of this connection, Mumbiakars can start their work before reaching office and can leave early."
Addressing the crowd before the wi-fi launch, Prabhu said "Wi-Fi at stations are facilitating digital inclusion and helping create ecosystem for cashless transactions and less cash economy."
Earlier in January, Mumbai Central became the first station in the country to get the free wi-fi service as a part of Railway's goal of providing better services to commuters. Today, the facility is used by over 50,000 commuters.
It was observed that the railways sell more general compartment tickets than available, leading to people traveling in inhumane conditions.
RPI leader Ramdas Athavle asked the railways to stop this practice and sell only according to the number of seats.
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