3 July : The Minister of Railways, Kumari Mamata Banerjee today announced ‘Yuva Trains’ dedicated specially for the young generation.Presenting the Railway Budget for 2009-10, she said, these trains will be introduced between major cities to ensure that the youth and low income groups can travel at low rates between these cities.
The new low-priced fast train service will be started to connect youth in rural hinterlands to major metros/cities. Kumari Mamata Banerjee said, the train will provide air-condition seated accommodation and will run from point to point for distances ranging from 1000 km to 2500 km. The fare will be Rs. 299 for distances up to 1500 km and Rs. 399 for distances up to 2500 km.A weekly service will be introduced as a pilot service within three months in the following sections: (a) Mumbai to Delhi, (b) Delhi to Kolkata. Kumari Mamata Banerjee said, if successful, Yuva Trains will be extended to other areas of the country.