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IATO pleased with Railway Budget 2010-11


25 February 2010

TBM Staff, Mumbai:

The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) is pleased with the Railway Budget 2010-11 announced yesterday in the Parliament by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Association has also extended felicitation to the Railway Minister.

In response to the Railway Budget, Vijay Thakur, President, IATO said, “As we waited for the Railway Budget for the year 2010-11, we were keen about the facilities to be introduced and new destinations which would be connected etc. As tour operators we are happy with the rail budget. It is good that there is no increase in passenger fares and this will be a motivation for tourists to travel by trains.”

Thakur added that special trains which are to be introduced viz New  Janmabhoomi Train between Ahmedabad and Udhampur, 16 special 'Bharat Tirth' trains connecting popular tourist sites as also pilgrimage centres in different parts of the country.  Sanskriti Express across the country to mark 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Andaman and Nicobar Island getting railway line from Port Blair to Diglipur, Sikkim- Rangpo rail link, Kashmir rail link to be extended to Sopore in the North of the valley etc. are good for opening new markets. Renewed focus on upgrading 94 stations with modern toilets at railway stations give indication that Railways mean business which would hold us in good stead from Rail Tourism point of view.