Kashi falls on Aastha train circuit
Varanasi: The city is among the pilgrim centres included in the Rail Budget 2016-17 with the provision of passenger amenities and beautification on stations. Besides, the budget also has a mention of Mahamana Express with modern refurbished coaches that was flagged off by the PM during his visit to the city on January 22.While presenting the railway budget on Thursday, railway minister Suresh Prabhu proposed to take up the provision of passenger amenities and beautification on stations at pilgrim centres including Ajmer, Amritsar, Bihar Sharif, Chengannur, Dwarka, Gaya, Haridwar, Mathura, Nagapattinam, Nanded, Nasik, Pali, Parasnath, Puri, Tirupati, Vailankanni, Varanasi and Vasco on priority. The railways also intends to run Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres.Named after BHU founder Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, the tri-weekly superfast express train is the first express train running on the newly-electrified Ghaziabad-Moradabad rail route.
The 140-km route was electrified in order to reduce traffic on the Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad route. The coaches of the trains are furnished with added features like controlled discharged water tap, new toilet modules, exhaust fan, LED lights, music system, snack tables for side berth passengers and much more. The refurbishing of the coaches was done at Coach Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal.