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Lalu to flag off 'Village On Wheels' on Nov 29
November 24, 2004 16:40 IST
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad will flag off the 'Village On Wheels' train, described as the 'common man's Palace On Wheels', from Rajendra Nagar terminus in Patna on November 29.
The eight-coach train will embark on its nine-day journey touching Patna, Varanasi, Agra, Mathura, Delhi, Safdarjang, Jammu Tawi, Amritsar and Haridwar stations before ending at Rajendra Nagar, official sources in New Delhi said on Wednesday.
The train, part of the railway's efforts to promote domestic tourism, will help the common man travel across the country, they said. The tariff of Rs 4,500 will include the cost of food and visits to places of religious, cultural and historical significance.
The Village on Wheels will have medical facilities and a 'banker system' wherein passengers can deposit extra cash while they are on sight-seeing, the sources said.
The train will also ply in three other sectors. The second sector will be the Patna-Mokama-Jasidih-Asansol-Bardhman-Howrah-Puri-Howrah-Asansol-Patna route. The third sector service will be in the Howrah-Patna-Manmad (Shirdi)-Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Dwarka-Verawal-Ajmer-Jaipur-Delhi-Patna-Howrah route. The Patna-Howrah-Puri-Tirupati-Madurai-Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakulam-Howrah-Patna route will be the fourth sector. During Urs, the train will run to Ajmer Sharif from different places.
The Railway Minister had announced the scheme in the 2004-05 Budget.
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