Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday approved the name of the luxury train connecting all the five Takhts as 'Panj Takhts Yatra Express'.
The Takhts which will be connected are Sri Akal Takht in Amritsar, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo, Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib, Takht Sri Patna Sahib in Patna and Takht Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded in Maharashtra.
The train will be flagged off in December this year.
A decision to this effect was taken by Badal in a review meeting with senior officers of tourism and cultural affairs department here, an official release said here.
principal secretary tourism Geetika Kalha apprised the chief minister that a special agreement had been signed between Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) to run the train which would be flagged off by Badal on December 26, 2012.
The luxury train would cover all the five Takhts via Delhi, Agra and Gwalior in nine days starting from Amritsar to Nanded.
Badal evinced keen interest in the early completion of the prestigious Anandpur Sahib-Naina Devi ropeway project to enable a large number of pilgrims to offer their prayers at the two holy shrines in Punjab and Himachal.
He called up his HP counterpart Prem Kumar Dhumal to seek his personal intervention to resolve pending issues between both the states related to this project for its expeditious completion.