Considering the rapid growth of Pune city, the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) has placed a proposal before the Union railway ministry demanding 10 new trains in the upcoming Union railway budget.
However, passengers commuting between Pune and Mumbai might not get new trains, which is a long-pending demand of lakhs of passengers.
Along with the new trains for better connectivity, the MCCIA has also drawn the ministry’s attention toward the pathetic condition of the Pune railway station. It has given a few suggestions for the improvement of the station.
Anant Sardeshmukh, executive director general, MCCIA said, “Pune is growing and along with that the volume of passengers is also increasing. Due to the city’s development, the level of migration from other cities has increased. So, considering the requirement for better connectivity, we have urged the railway ministry to start new and additional train services in Pune.”
However, the MCCIA is not confident about getting additional trains for
Pune-Mumbai route. Chandmal Parmar, chairman of railway, road traffic management committee of MCCIA, said, “The Pune-Mumbai section continues to be the highest revenue earner. We feel that the railway authorities should pay more attention on this route, which connects two big cities of the state. We had asked the railway authorities to start an additional train between Pune-Mumbai in the 10 am to 3 pm slot. However, they have expressed their inability to do so, as the Pune-Lonavla section requires maintenance during that time.”