New Shatabdi Ex­press re­ceives bumper re­sponse

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Nidhi Bhanot nidhi. bhanot@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

LUDHIANA: The Shatabdi Ex­press be­tween Ludhiana and New Delhi launched ear­lier this month is run­ning packed with sev­eral pas­sen­gers here not get­ting tick­ets or be­ing put on the wait­ing list.

Ramesh, in-charge of reser­va­tion at the lo­cal rail­way sta­tion said, “Most of the tick­ets are be­ing booked in ad­vance. Even the cur­rent tick­ets are sell­ing like hot cakes. The re­sponse is good and none of the seats are go­ing va­cant.” He said sev­eral pas­sen­gers had been put on the wait­ing list and the de­mand was as high as for the Amritsar-ludhiana-new Delhi Shatabdi.

“The train is run­ning on time more of­ten than the Am­rit­sarLud­hi­ana-new Delhi Shatabdi,” sta­tion su­per­in­ten­dent Ravin­der Sharma said. “The de­mand is such that peo­ple want it to be a daily af­fair in­stead of five days a week.”

That may soon be­come a re­al­ity as Ferozepur di­vi­sional rail- way man­ager Vish­lesh Choube said they had writ­ten to the rail­way min­is­ter and he had as­sured them that from March next year the train would run daily.

The Ludhiana- New Delhi Shatabdi Ex­press via San­grur and Rohtak was flagged off by the union min­is­ter of state for rail­ways KH Mu­niyappa at the lo­cal rail­way sta­tion on Novem­ber 4. It starts from New Delhi at 7am and ar­rives in Ludhiana at 12.20 pm, while from here it de­parts at 4.40 pm and reaches New Delhi at 10.05pm.

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