New Year gift: new Shatabdi from city


Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­

CHANDIGARH: Con­ced­ing to the long-pend­ing de­mand of res­i­dents, union rail­way min­is­ter Pawan Ku­mar Bansal on Satur­day an­nounced a new Shatabdi train from Chandigarh to Delhi from Jan­uary 2013.

Bansal was speak­ing to me­di­a­per­sons af­ter re­view­ing the work for up­grade and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of lo­cal rail­way sta­tion.

He said: "Res­i­dents for long had been de­mand­ing an­other Shatabdi Ex­press be­tween Chandigarh and Delhi. The new train will be start­ing from Jan­uary." The train is be­ing started to meet a long-pend­ing de­mand of Chandigarh res­i­dents, who have been seek­ing an­other train to the na­tional cap­i­tal due to the rush in the present Shatab­dis.

As per the pro­posed tim­ings, the new train will leave Chandigarh at 12 noon and reach Delhi at 3:30 pm and in the evening. It will start from Delhi at 7:15 pm and ar­rive at Chandigarh rail­way sta­tion at 10:30 pm.

"The res­i­dents' de­mand for start­ing a new su­per­fast train be­tween Chandigarh and Am­rit­sar with stop­pages at SAS Na­gar and Beas rail­way sta­tions is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion," said Bansal. He added that in the wake of the de­mand of res­i­dents, the present su­per­fast train would also be stop­ping at SAS Na­gar.

The work on dou­ble track be­tween Am­bala and Chan`di­garh is in progress, he said. Bansal also listed var­i­ous long and short-term mea­sures to make the Chandigarh rail­way sta­tion world-class. TRAIN CAN­CELLED TILL FEB 18 DUE TO FOG Rail­way au­thor­i­ties have can­celled the Chandigarh- Lucknow Ex­press till Fe­bru­ary 18 due to fog. Tak­ing foggy con­di­tions into con­sid­er­a­tion, the rail­ways have can­celled the Chandi­garhLuc­know Ex­press-15012, said rail­way sta­tion su­per­in­ten­dent Praveen Ku­mar.

Mean­while, three trains, con­tin­ued to run late. While Un­cha­har Ex­press was late by around 13 hours, Howrah-Kalka Ex­press was run­ning late by 10 hours and Sadb­ha­vana Ex­press was four hours be­hind its sched­uled tim­ing.

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