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Railways fears losses in plying train to Amritsar, draws flak

Railways fears losses in plying train to Amritsar, draws flak

Raj Sadosh

Abohar, October 8

The railways authorities drew flak for apprehending financial loss for running Sriganganagar-Abohar-Amritsar intercity train on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations.

PPCC president Sunil Jakhar and Sriganganagar MP Nihal Chand (BJP) had submitted memorandums separately and later met Railway Minister and chairman of the Railway Board with a request to launch intercity train for Amritsar from Sriganganagar through Abohar-Fazilka-Ferozepur route.

Railway officials had said only one-shift staff (eight hours) was available on the Abohar-Fazilka section that was inaugurated in July 2012. Therefore, to introduce more trains on this route was not possible. The demand was then revised to run such train through Abohar-Bathinda route that was operative round the clock. The Railways authorities had told Ferozepur Rail Division to examine the issue and submit a report.

Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee member Bhim Sharma said the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Ferozepur) had in his report to the Deputy Chief Commercial Manager (database), New Delhi, recently stated that the Railways might suffer a loss of Rs 9,41,603 each day by running intercity train on 419-km distance, so it was not financially viable. The proposal to run the train on trial basis for a limited period may be examined, the report said.

Nihal Chand, MP and former Minister of State, said there was a fairly large population of Sikhs in Sriganganagar as compared to other districts in the desert state. “The demand for train to Amritsar by Sikhs and other Punjabi-speaking populace was long pending. It must be accepted on the occasion of the Guru’s 550th birth anniversary. Let the Railways run intercity train first, then calculate financial gains,” he added.

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