Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
09-December-2010 13:19 IST
Introduction of New Trains
Representations for introduction of new trains are received from various quarters including the State Governments, Ministers, MPs, MLAs, general public etc. at various levels of railway administration viz. railway station, division, zonal headquarters and the Ministry of Railways. The requests are examined and action as found feasible and justified is taken. Requests received from various quarters have been examined and action taken thereupon keeping in view competing demands, infrastructural availability, operational feasibility etc.

Introduction of new passenger carrying trains is a continuous process on the Indian Railways. The decision to introduce trains in generally taken on an annual basis, year after year, depending upon the following factors:

a) Patronization/demand for travel on any particular sector.

b) Availability of resources – rolling stock including locomotives and coaches.

c) Availability of terminal infrastructure such as pit lines, stabling lines and platform lines.

d) Availability of manpower for maintenance and safe operation of trains.

e) Availability of spare line capacity so that the path and schedule for the train can be fixed.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri K.H. Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.