Railways approved 500 extra train stoppages this fiscal on MPs’ request


Railways approved 500 extra train stoppages this fiscal on MPs’ request

The railway ministry has approved around 500 extra train stoppages till February end in this fiscal on the request of Parliamentarians and the process is ongoing, sources said Tuesday.

Senior officials said that it was a “routine exercise” and the halts were given after “scientific analysis” and not handed out “indiscriminately”.

During 2013-14 under UPA government regime, the railway ministry had approved 900 stoppages while over the five years of UPA-II, 2,472 stoppages were added. In comparison, since 2014, the NDA has so far allowed around half of that.

Senior officials say that MPs are still writing to the railway minister to approve stoppages in their constituencies, as they become a rallying point during election campaigns.

With the model code of conduct likely to be announced within the next few days, MPs are lining up in the ministry to get their halts approved. Read More

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