- Union Minister Prakash Javadekar flags the DEMU train via video conference
- The DEMU train will directly connect Phaltan to Pune
- Javadekar said, “I am very happy to see that Phaltan is directly connected to Pune now,”
On Tuesday, the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar flagged off the DEMU train from Phaltan to Pune via Lonand through a video conference.
The Union Minister which holds multiple ministries said, “I am very happy to see that Phaltan is directly connected to Pune now,” while flagging off the train.
From the 31st of March, regular DEMU services will commence.
The Union Minister did not fail to appreciate the Ministry of Railways which comes under Piyush Goyal, in bringing the landmark changes to the Indian Railways over the years.
Javadekar said, “The efforts of Rail Ministry in ensuring cleanliness are such that it has set an ideal example for Swachh Bharat Mission.
Paying utmost care towards cleanliness, it is a remarkable step that all mainline trains now have bio-toilets installed.
Special attention is paid to maintaining cleanliness even in railway stations as well as the railway tracks as a result of which the condition of the services and trains have improved far better”.
The Union minister also said that all the unmanned railway gates have been shut down and the scientific solutions are being introduced which has significantly brought down the number of accidents.
Union Minister Javadekar also remarked that the Indian Railways electrification work has been taken up as the top priority and gauge conversion and new railway line projects are offering better connectivity which is now benefitting people, trade and commerce across the Indian borders.
Phaltan, which is 110 km south-east of Pune is known for its agricultural produce and also the agro-based industries. Sugar cane, pomegranate, capsicum, okra are some of the vegetables which are produced here.
Owing to the above products and companies, there is much movement of traders and aggregators from Phaltan to Pune and other cities.
Sanjeev Mittal, the General Manager of the Central Railways spoke about the several benefits of the new DEMU services will bring.
Mittal said, “Residents of Phaltan, who are working in various private and government sectors, pursuing education in Pune will get direct passenger train connectivity from Phaltan to Pune and back.
“The service will greatly benefit sugarcane farmers, traders and factories near Phaltan”.
On the occasion of flagging off the DEMU, several Members of Parliament (MPs) including Chhatrapati Udyanraje Bhosale, Ranjeetsingh Naik Nimbalkar, Girish Bapat along with various other dignitaries from the state government were also present on the occasion.