The Indian Railway reached one of its developmental milestones by gifting a railway line for the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth village Bateshwar, on the occasion of his birthday. This project was conceptualized by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee himself in his birth village Bateshwar during his administration as PM from 1999 to 2004.
It has been a decade since the project was idealized. The real work on the project started only few years ago. There were several hurdles, one of the notable terrains of the region was in the form of Chambal ravines, yet the Railway began testing the track in the first half of this year.
The Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for HRD Ramshankar Katheria along with Agra (Rural) MP Ch. Babulal, flagged off a Diesel EMU train from the Bateshwar railway station. The residents of the village celebrated, cheered aloud and thanked the BJP for linking Bateshwar railway station with the national railway network.
Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said that this train will help in the advancement of the Chambal region which was behind the development of rest of the state in terms of progress due to its terrain.
Now that the connectivity has become easier, the state can expect a rapid progression and start focusing on strengthening the goals that has to be accomplished.
According to Social Activist Uma Shanker Sharma , Bateshwar was well connected with the rail network till 1939, when the British government decided to dislocate this track as protective measure to safeguard the trains that were frequently looted by bandits while crossing this region. This track was later diverted towards Tundla. Unfortunately Tundla became the mainstay of North-Eastern Railway operations. From then, Bateshwar region had no transportation facilities which hindered its development.
Sharma also said that, at present the bus fare between Agra and Bah (Bateshwar) is Rs. 60, with the operation of the DEMU, the fare will decrease to Rs. 10 which will hugely benefit the locals belonging to the low income group of labourers and farmers.
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