Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 17. Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has said that the second Chandigarh-Amritsar express was on the cards. Speaking to The Tribune here, Bansal said the Railway Ministry had, after analysing the demands of the residents of both the cities, decided to start the train from Chandigarh to Amritsar in the morning and from Amritsar to Chandigarh in the evening.
The Union Minister said the train will get on track after a survey by the Railways. He said the residents had since long been demanding a return train from Amritsar to Chandigarh. Also, he said the train will have a stoppage in Mohali, which was another pending demand of the residents.
About running a third Shatabdi between Chandigarh and Delhi, he said officials had proposed starting the train at 10 am and reverting it back in the evening at 7 pm.
On launching new trains in the region, he said the Ministry would take up the proposal after the completion of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana track where trial run would commence soon. Bansal said work on giving a facelift to the Chandigarh railway station was being undertaken. “In next three months, the station will have a food plaza, four accelerators and a lift, especially for specially abled and senior citizens,” he said.