Pune-Nagpur-Pune Garib Rath likely to run from February

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Nagpur, Nov 24 (UNI) The 2113/2114 Pune-Nagpur-Pune Garib Rath Express, announced in this year's Railway Budget, is likely to start operating from February next, Central Railway (CR) Assistant General Manager (AGM) Kuldeep Chaturvedi said today.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr Chaturvedi said the train would start operating as soon as the rake was available. Several new Garib Rath trains had been introduced in the budget, he pointed out, adding that the rakes for these were being manufactured.

Replying to questions, Mr Chaturvedi said that a coaching complex for maintenance of rakes had been proposed at Ajni, a suburban station in the district. The complex was estimated to cost Rs 5.5 crore, and the proposal was pending before the Railway board at present, he said. The work was expected to start by March 2010, he said.

Railway administration was also mulling over establishing a terminus at Ajni to reduce the load on the main railway station in the city, he added. Mr Chaturvedi was on a brief day-long visit here, during which he inspected various railway installations.

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