SHIMLA: With the BJP in power both at Centre and in Himachal Pradesh, the railway line expansion in the state is expected to get the much needed boost. During the recent assembly elections, BJP's national leaders were asking people to bring party to power to propel the speed of development in the state. To ensure enough allocation of funds for pending rail projects in the state, the state government has recently written to Centre. The economy of the hill state thrives on tourism industry with popular destinations like Shimla, Manali, Kasol, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kinnaur and Spiti located here. Surprisingly, Himachal neither has good air connectivity, nor rail connectivity. Sources said that now chief minister Jai Ram Thakur-led state government through a letter... more...
to the government of India has demanded declaration of Bilaspur-Bhanupalli-Leh rail link as a project of national importance so that construction activity could speed up. The start of final location survey for this 498 km-long rail line has left residents of Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir elated as it would not only be of immense strategic importance for defence forces along the China border, but would also boost tourism activity in these areas by ensuring all weather connectivity. The survey is expected to be completed by 2019 after which the construction of rail line is expected to start. The survey is a precursor to actual construction from Bilaspur to Leh via Manali. The alignment shall connect Mandi, Kullu, Manali, Keylong and other important towns of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir en route. The line from Bilaspur shall be further connected to Bhanupali between Anandpur Sahib and Nangal Dam. The sources said that for this strategically important project funds would be a major challenge as land needs to be acquired in districts of Bilaspur, Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh besides Leh in J&K. In past budgets, several announcements were made but they remained only on paper. The proposal to broad-gauge Pathankot-Jogindernagar rail line at a cost of Rs 310 crore was announced in the last budget but work is yet to start. Besides, there was an announcement to construct a rail line between Jogindernagar and Mandi, though work on some new rail line projects is going on but it will take years to complete.
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The Northern Railway authorities have introduced a daily express train between Nangal and Amritsar which commenced its regular run from today. With the new train, city residents will get regular connectivity to Anandpur Sahib, Ropar and an additional train for Beas and Amritsar. They will also get another weekly premium express train for the holy shrine of Sri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra, later in the month. Railway officials said 14505/14506 daily express train would depart from Nangal Dam at 7.30 am and reach Amritsar at 1.05 pm. On its return journey,... more...
it will leave Amritsar at 2.15 pm and reach Nangal Dam at 7.50 pm. With general second class accommodation, the train will have commercial halts at Anandpur Sahib, Ropar, Kurali, Morinda, Samrala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Beas. The Northern Railway authorities said 05029/05030 Gorakhpur-Shrimata Vaishno Devi Katra-Gorakhpur Weekly Premium Express Summer Special Train would make 20 trips from April 24, 2015, to June 28, 2015. The train will depart from Gorakhpur every Friday from April 24 at 8.55 pm to reach Shrimata Vaishno Devi Katra at 10.50 PM the next day. In the return direction, the trains will depart from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra every Sunday from April 26 at 3.45 am to reach Gorakhpurat at 6.45 am the next day. Consisting of one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, 10 sleeper class besides disabled-friendly second class-cum-luggage van coaches, the train will halt at Basti, Gonda, Lucknow, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi stations.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the inaugural run of the new express train to link the historic town of Anandpur Sahib with Amristar at a function held here on Monday. The railway minister conducted the flagging-off ceremony from the stage along with Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib jathedar Giani Mal Singh, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, Punjab ministers Madan Mohan Mittal, Daljit Singh Cheema and Sikander Singh Maluka, instead of flagging off the train in front of its engine. The media persons,who had reached... more...
near the engine of the train to cover the flagging off ceremony there, were left high and dry as the minister flagged off the train from the stage. While addressing the function, Prabhu said linking of two important religious Takhts of Sikhs – Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib and the Akal Takht -- would go a long way in meeting the aspirations of the devotees visiting these two cities, adding that the train would regularly start running from April 13 six days a week. He also directed the railways officials to start Gurbani recitation in the train so that devotees could complete their journey in a good atmosphere. Prabhu said he would seek the cooperation of the religious leaders for ensuring cleanliness in the railways through ‘Kar Seva’ as part of ‘Swachh Bharat, Swachh Rail’ campaign. Later, talking to mediapersons, the railway minister said special emphasis was being laid on the rail safety and manning the unmanned railway crossing to prevent accidents adding that in this year new 3,500 unmanned railway crossings would be covered besides constructing 900 railway overbridges across the nation. Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib jathedar Giani Mal Singh, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, Punjab industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal also spoke on the occasion. The new Nangal-Anandpur Sahib-Amritsar has air-conditioned chair car, three-tier AC and general class accommodation with luggage van coaches. According to railway officials, the schedule, stoppages and composition of regular services of the train would be notified later. Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akal Dal and BJP workers welcomed the train at Rupnagar and Morinda railway stations.
आनंदपुर साहिब के लिए सीधी ट्रेन 23 मार्च से शुरू हो रही है। पिछले लंबे समय से सिख संगत की मांग थी कि आनंदपुर साहिब उनका एक धार्मिक स्थल है। इस तहत वहां के लिए ट्रेन शुरू की जाए। इसी मांग को पूरा करते हुए रेलवे की ओर से ट्रेन चलाई जा रही है। यह सप्ताह में एक बार सोमवार को आनंदपुर के लिए चला करेगी। हालांकि भविष्य में ट्रेन के समय सारिणी में बदलाव भी हो सकता है। रेलवे अधिकारियों के मुताबिक जरूरत पड़ी तो ट्रेन को सप्ताह में तीन बार या डेली भी किया जा सकता है। फिलहाल शुरुआत में इसे साप्ताहिक रखा गया है। यह... more...
होगा समय और किराया ट्रेन आनंदपुर साहिब से हर सोमवार 14505 ट्रेन बनकर दोपहर 1 बजे चला करेगी और शाम 6.10 बजे अमृतसर पहुंचा करेगी। इसके बाद अमृतसर से 14506 बनकर रात 11.15 बजे चल कर 4.25 पर आनंदपुर साहिब पहुंचा करेगी। इस ट्रेन में कुल 14 कोच लगाए जाने है। फिलहाल इसमें कोई भी एसी कोच नहीं लगाया गया है। उम्मीद है कि भविष्य में यात्रियों की डिमांड आने पर एसी कोच भी लगाए जा सकते हैं। वह स्लीपर कोच का आनंदपुर साहिब तक का किराया 170 रुपए और जनरल टिकट 95 रुपए रखी गई है। ये रहेंगे स्टॉपेज अमृतसर से चलकर जालंधर, लुधियाना, समराला और कुराली होते हुए ट्रेन आनंदपुर साहिब पहुंचा करेगी। उस तरफ से भी यही स्टापेज रहा करेंगे। टिकट सुपरवाइजर दीपक केपी जोसफ ने कहा कि इस ट्रेन को लेकर यात्रियों में खासा उत्साह है। खास कर सिख संगत को इस ट्रेन के जरिए बेहद फायदा होगा। आनंदपुर साहिब सिखों का धार्मिक स्थल है।
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A new train is being started from Amritsar to Nangal Dam from March 23. it will be inaugurated by RM Suresh Prabhu as per the attached news. It will start from Nangal Dam in the morning and stop at Anandpur Sahib, Kiratpur Sahib, New Morinda, Ludhiana and Jalndhar
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