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No Mention of Naik’s ‘Goa Luxury Train’ plans in Rail Budget 2014

Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda appears to have given a thumbs down to the North Goa MP & Union Minister for Tourism  Shripad Naik’s demand for a ‘Luxury Train’ between Goa and Mumbai.

Naik in effort to boost the in-flow of high-end tourists in the state had put forward a suggestion for a fast luxury train. However, GC has learned through sources in the Union Ministry of Railways, that idea has not been shot-down but the Centre is keen to look at implementing such tourism-connected initiatives across the country and not only state specific. Therefore the idea is under deliberation.

But the Railway Minister announced “semi high speed train” on the Goa-Mumbai route in his railway budget speech on Tuesday. Gowda said that while bullet trains would require completely new infrastructure, higher speed for existing trains will be achieved by upgrading the present network.

He said, “An effort will be made to increase the speed of trains to 160-200kmph in select sectors so as to significantly reduce travel time between major cities.”

The Goa-Mumbai sector is one route which Gowda has identified along with Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mysore-Bengaluru-Chennai, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabad.

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