The union minister for social justice and empowerment Kumari Selja flagged off a new express train between Ambala Cantt and New Delhi on Saturday.
Accompanied by senior railway officers, the minister also travelled in the train up to Jagadhri Workshop station.
Officials said that the train number 14521 would start at 5:40am from the Cantt station and would reach New Delhi at 11:10am via Jagadhri, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, while the return train would start from New Delhi at 1pm and would reach the Cantt station at 7.10 pm.
They said the train would have 10 ordinary coaches and an AC chair coach. Sources informed that earlier the train was scheduled to start on August 9, but got delayed by a month, as the commuters demanded the train to start from New Delhi at 5pm. They said to avoid further delay the decision to start the train was taken on the understanding that the timings would be changed later if feasible.
Speaking on the occasion, Selja said that it was the fulfilment of a long-standing demand of the residents of Ambala, Brara, Jagadhri and Yamunanagar.
Thanking the railway minister Mallikarjun Khadge, she said that Ambala City, Barara and Jagadhri stations would be modernised adding that the process to acquire land for rail tracks at Naraingarh would start soon.
Selja said that she would also take up the matter of setting up a bottling plant in Ambala with the railway minister and urge him to make international level facilities available at the Cantt station.
Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Anil Kumar Khatpal, deputy commissioner K Markand Panduran and several Congress workers were also present.