Indian Railways is set to launch 9 ‘Sewa Service’ Trains to connect small towns around major cities. The first of these ‘Sewa trains’ a Delhi-Shamli passenger train was launched by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal along with Dr. Harsh Vardhan the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel from New Delhi.
Other trains were flagged off through video-conferencing.
Of these Sewa Service trains four would run on a daily basis and other five would ply 6 days a week.
List of the Sewa trains is given below:
Karur – Salem DEMU (6 days a week)- Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore – Pollachi Passenger (6 days a week)- Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore – Palani Passenger (Daily)- Tamil Nadu
Vadnagar – Mahesana DEMU (6 days a week) – Gujarat
Asarva –Himmatnagar DEMU (6 days a week)- Gujarat
Murkongselek – Dibrugarh Passenger (Daily) – Assam
Bhubaneswar – Nayagarh Express (Daily) – Assam
Yesvantpur – Tumkur DEMU (6 days a week) – Karnataka
Delhi – Shamli Passenger (Daily)
Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal emphasised that these trains will provide connectivity to the far-flung areas where stoppages of premiere trains was not possible.
Shri Goyal said that it is a unique concept to start these 09 Sewa trains with spare rakes as a part of ‘sweating of assets’ programme of the Indian Railways.
Goyal highlighted some of the steps taken by his ministry for transforming Indian Railways like Cleanliness campaign in Railway premises across the country, Installation of Bio toilets in coaches, Wi-Fi facility at 5000 Railway stations, Ayushmann Bharat facility in Railway hospitals across the country.