Flagging off the new Amritsar-Lalkuan Express on Wednesday,former Railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said,If the response for the train is good,I will approach the Railways to make the train bi-weekly. As of now,the train will run every Wednesday.
Bansal also plans to get the name of the train changed to Terai Express. Since not many people know about Lalkuan,I will take up the demand to name the train as Terai Express with the Railway Minister, he said. The train,earlier flagged off by Amritsar MLA Rajkumar Verka,is the first fully air-conditioned train between Chandigarh and Uttarakhand.
More than 158 people boarded the train from Chandigarh on its maiden journey to Lalkuan. If the response remains as good,I will moot for running the train twice a week said Bansal. This train will not only cater to the needs of people from Uttarakhand,but also to tourists from the region given the proximity to Nainital.
He also said other trains announced in the last budget would be flagged off soon. Two more trains will be added to the existing 31 trains that go via the city,this week. These are important trains for the city as they connect it with two important religious centres.
The weekly Nanded Express,running from Nangal Dam to Hazur Sahib (Nanded),will be flagged off tomorrow from Chandigarh. The Kalka-Shirdi Express,a bi-weekly,which will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays,would also start plying from October 6.
Other trains proposed in the last budget are the Kalka-Katra Express and the Chandigarh-Pataliputra Express. All the trains will be chugged off before the start of the next financial year,according to Bansal.
Mooting for more trains between Chandigarh and New Delhi,Bansal said, Trains between these two important cities should run like buses. I will also raise up the matter with the Railways.
Rlys to float tenders to complete renovation
Northern Railways will also float new tenders for completing renovation at the Chandigarh Railway Station on Friday. The renovation work,which included installation of escalators,provision of additional waiting room and changing the facade of the station,had moved at a slow speed. While the Railways officials had earlier announced the work would be completed by December,the railway station would only be revamped after six months. Due to deficiency on the part of the previous contractor,the construction had come to a halt. Now,a new tender will be floated on Friday and instead of one,two contractors will be appointed for the job. If all goes well,the work will be completed in another six months, said divisional railway manager,
A K Kathpal.
Kathpal also appeared hopeful that with the end of the monsoons there would be no hindrance in the construction. Rainfall had also played a major role in slowing down construction. With the monsoon ending,the construction work would kick off at a faster pace, he said.