NEW DELHI: With the 2019 Lok Sabha election round the corner, the railways has given nod for the stoppage of a superfast train in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi district, following a request from Union minister Smriti Irani.
Irani had contested the 2014 general election from the high-profile Amethi constituency, but had lost to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
In a letter to Irani, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said the Pratapgarh-Bhopal Express would stop at Jais station -- 31 km from Amethi town.
"I am happy to inform you that in deference to your request, it has been decided to provide stoppage of train no.12183/12184 Pratapgarh-Bhopal Express at Jais station. Hope this will go a long way in providing better connectivity to the travelling passengers," Goyal wrote in the letter, which was tweeted by Irani.
केन्द्रीय मंत्री @SmritIirani के प्रयासों से गौरीगंज में विद्यालय, पिपरी में कटान समस्या दूर करने के लिए तटबंध तथा अन्य कार्य हुआ, हाल में रेलवे की कई परियोजनाओं के बारे में अमेठी के सांसद राहुल गाँधी की चिट्ठी का मंत्री @PiyushGoyal ने भी दिया करारा जवाब दिया #AmethiKiSmriti pic.twitter.com/iKpE7ELu21— Piyush Goyal Office (@PiyushGoyalOffc) January 4, 2019
"My heartfelt thanks to Piyush Goyalji for granting approval for the stoppage of Pratapgarh-Bhopal Express at Amethi's Jais station. I congratulate Amethivasis for this new year gift," she tweeted.