Hold discussions related to development of the area with public representatives
Vande Bharat train to be introduced for Khajuraho after completion of Khajuraho-Lalitpur electrification project
Indian Railways is committed for providing world class amenities to passengers at stations having religious and tourist importance. Today on 16.04.22, during his two days visit to Khajuraho, Hon'ble Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw visited Khajuraho-Jhansi National Highway/Expressway. He also inspected the works completed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Yojana in Bundelkhand region and interacted with the beneficiaries. Hon'ble Minister took stock of the ongoing development projects in the region at Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Center, where Collector Chhatarpur presented a power point presentation. In this meeting, Hon'ble Social Justice and Empowerment Minister/Government of India Shri Virendra Kumar, Hon'ble MP Khajuraho, Shri Vishnu Dutt Sharma, Hon'ble MP Sidhi, Smt. Riti Pathak, Hon'ble Minister in-charge Chhatarpur, Shri O.P. Saklecha, Hon'ble Mineral Minister Shri Brijendra Pratap Singh, Hon'ble MLA Bada Malhara, Shri Pradyumna Singh Lodhi, Hon'ble MLA Chandla, Shri Rajesh Prajapati, Hon'ble Organization Minister Smt. Lalita Yadav, District BJP President, Shri Malkhan Singh, General Secretary Chhatarpur, Shri Arvind Pateria participated among other public representative bodies. Shri Vaishnaw, along with the Railway and District officials discussed about the steps to be taken for development of this area.
On demand of running a Vande Bharat express for Khajuraho, Shri Vaishnaw said that it will be introduced once electrification work gets completed. He also informedthat rake points have been approved at Chhatarpur and Khajuraho, fulfilling a long standing demand of local merchants. Along with this, Hon'ble Minister informed that rail tickets can be obtained from 45,000 post offices currently and vision is to integrate 2 lacs post offices with railway ticketing facilities. on the issue of tourist special train for Khajuraho, Hon'ble Minister informed about the operation of Bharat Gaurav trains and the positive response received to Ramayana Express, first such Bharat Gaurav train. Shri Vaishnaw said that the government servants should develop the attitude of serving the downtrodden and strive hard for the upliftment of the society. During this, Hon'ble Railway Minister also discussed about the planning for redevelopment of Khajuraho station. Khajuraho station has to be made as a world class station. Hon'ble Minister, along with the local administration and railways, encouraged the farmers to set up solar plants on their land so that their income could increase.
One Station one Product Scheme is also being expanded so that local level products will be made available in the market through stations. After the ongoing pilot project, which has been a huge success, 1000 stations will be included under this scheme, in which Chhatarpur station will also be included.
After that the Hon'ble Minister met with Padmashree awardee Dr. A.K. Jadia & Vice Chancellor/Maharaja Chhatrasal Bundelkhand University, Shri T.R.Thapak. While addressing the press, he informed about the development works of Bundelkhand region. Apart from this, he also discussed about the development of the area with the tourist guides and hotel association members.
On this occasion, GM/NCR Shri Pramod Kumar, GM/WCR Shri Sudhir Kumar Gupta, DRM/Jhansi Shri Ashutosh along with District Collector Shri Sandeep, Superintendent of Police and other Railway and district officers were present.
After that, departing from Khajuraho station at around 15.30, Hon'ble Railway Minister conducted window trailing inspection of Khajuraho-Lalitpur section to review the progress of electrification work.
Hon'ble MR made a stop over at Lalitpur and conducted inspection of Lalitpur station. Hon'ble MP Jhansi-Lalitpur Shri. Anurag Sharma met Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw at Lalitpur and accompanied Ho'nble MR on window trailing inspection till Jhansi. During the inspection, Hon'ble MP discussed various ongoing projects like upcoming fly over at Lalitpur, Dailwara-Birari chord line, Jhansi-Bina third line project among others. Hon'ble Railway Minister along with Hon'ble MP Jhansi interacted with passengers at Lalitpur station. Passengers expressed happiness over the vast improvement in cleanliness in railway premises.