800 new trains initiated in the last five years after the Railway Budget appeared with the General Budget in 2016. The national transporter ended the practice of one-time declaration of trains, an RTI reply disclosed.
To a query made by MP-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur, Railways in its RTI responded no new trains launched in 2020-21. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Which drove the suspension of all existing services. While the Railways did not launch new trains during the Covid-hit 2020-21. IR introduced 144 new services in 2019-20, 266 in 2018-2019, 170 in 2017-2018 and 223 in 2016-2017.
Presenting the Railway Budget in 2015-16, Suresh Prabhu didn’t describe a single new train or extension of services. D V Sadananda Gowda presented the 2014-15 budget and announced five new ‘Jansadharan’ trains. Five premium and six AC trains, 27 new express trains, eight new passenger services. Five DEMU services and two MEMU services.
The Railway Budget awaited new services, especially for the states ruled by the party at the Centre. “The announcement of new trains often done for political reasons. Nowadays, things have rationalized and new trains introduced when and where there is a need for them,” a Railway official said.
Rail minister in 2011-2012, Mamata Banerjee announced 56 new trains, and in 2012-13, 72 trains were introduced in the Budget. Next year, 112 trains (67 new express trains; 27 passenger trains, eight DEMUs) were introduced in 2014-15. 43 new trains were declared.
PM Modi already announced that the Railways will introduce 75 new Vande Bharat Express. To mark the 75 years of Indian Independence by August 2023.
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