Former railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Thursday flagged off the Chandigarh-Yesvantpur Express which was announced in the last budget. It will have a stoppage in Bhopal.
A train between Kalka and Katra will be flagged off on February 4. Slated to pass through the city, this will be the first direct train to Jammu from Chandigarh. Preparations for flagging off the train are underway.
The engine run on the Udhampur-to-Katra stretch was conducted on December 4. The 53-kilometre Jammu-Udhampur line is already operational. Construction of the 25-kilometre stretch between Udhampur and Katra has been completed. According to a railway official, the Commissioner of Railway Safety has already carried out the inspection of the stretch and approval was given recently.
The track would provide direct connectivity to Katra. It would be beneficial for those visiting Vaishno Devi shrine.
The other train for Indore announced in the last budget will be flagged off from the Chandigarh railway station on February 5. At present, there is no train to Indore.
Days when the new train will run
The train will depart every Saturday and Tuesday from Chandigarh at 03.15 am and will reach Yesvantpur on Monday and Thursday at 6.20 am.
On its return journey, the train will depart on every Wednesday and Saturday from Yesvantpur at 01.50 pm and will reach Chandigarh on Friday and Monday at 6.20 pm
Ambala Cantt, Panipat, New Delhi, H. Nizamuddin, Jhansi, Bhopal, Pune, Miraj, Belgaum, Dharwar, Hubli, Davanagere and Tumkur stations