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Posted - 08/21/2011 :  11:37:02  Show Profile Send S.ravi a Private Message  Reply with Quote

The residents of the holy city have a reason to rejoice as the Railways have finally decided to start the much-awaited Duronto train between Amritsar and Chandigarh from August 24. This would be the first direct train connecting the holy city with the state capital.
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The train was announced in Railway Budget 2009-10 by the then Union Railway Minister Mamata Bannerjee. However, it took almost two and a half years to see the light of the day. The railway authorities said the delay as they were waiting clearance from the Chief Commissioner Safety. But, some outfits, including the Left parties which staged a chain fast for about 45 days seeking early launch of the train, blamed the transport lobby for causing the delay.

DRM Ferozepur, Vishvesh Chaube, could not be contacted. Local MP Navjot Sidhu, in a press conference, held a few days back, had disclosed that the train would start from Amritsar at 5.30 am and reach Chandigarh at 9.30 am while during return journey it will chug out of Chandigarh at 7 pm and arrive here at 11.15 pm. It would have 17 coaches, including 12 non-AC and three AC coaches.

The train would facilitate an affordable and comfortable mode of transportation to the city residents between Amritsar and Chandigarh. At present, private bus operators, who are plying luxury buses on the route, are charging anywhere between Rs 275 to Rs 350. Apart from it, there are road transport buses, both AC and non-AC, which offer an alternate mode of transportation to the residents.
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