Pune-Nashik rail route update

Minister of state (railways) Manoj Sinha said the government has decided to cut down the shelf period of the Pune-Nashik rail route from two years to six months. The 265-km rail route is to be built at a cost of Rs.2,425 core.The work on the project is expected to start in the next six months.
He said the ministry has outlined their priority to ensure that the trains reach their destinations on time with safety.
Expectations were riding Sinha's first visit to Nashik, especially towards some concrete announcement for the development of the city, where the Central Railway have over 125 acre land lying vacant since acquisition in 1973. Sinha, however, simply said the priority of the ministry is to run trains on time and other things would be taken up as and when required.
The minister dedicated the footover bridge, platform number 4, ticket booking window and the toilet block under Accessible India Campaign to public, over a year after they were constructed and used.
He, however, referred to the works being carried out in the state. He said the rate of investment by the ministry has increased multi-fold after the BJP came to power at the Centre. “As against the times when the Congress-led governments invested Rs.1,532 crore in a single year for Maharashtra, the BJP has invested Rs.4,458 crore in 2015-16 and Rs.4,767 crore in 2016-17 in Maharashtra to increase the railway network and railway development,“ he said.
On horticulture train for onions, the minister said the the Central Railway had started the project in some places and soon a similar train would be started in Nashik for transportation of onion. “We are considering starting the train in Nashik as well. Slowly, but surely, we will have one train in place,“ Sinha said.

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