Travelling to Amritsar is now just Rs 95 and four-and-a-half hours away. That is the price you will be paying to travel via second- class of Chandigarh-Amritsar Superfast Express that was flagged off from Chandigarh railway station by UT administrator Shivraj Patil on Friday.
This is the sixth new train which has connected the city to several destinations in the past three months. These trains were announced by the then railway minister and city member of Parliament Pawan Bansal in the rail budget this year.
Bansal, presiding over the inaugural function, said the new train had been introduced keeping in mind the need of city residents.
With the Amritsar-Chandigarh Superfast Express, people of Punjab and Chandigarh would be able to return after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir on the same day, Bansal added.
The Chandigarh-Amritsar Express will comprise 10 coaches, with one AC chair car and eight non-AC second sitting coaches. The train will depart from Chandigarh at 6.55am, stop at SAS Nagar railway station at 7.13am, and reach Amritsar by 11.25am. It will depart from Amritsar at 5.30 pm to reach Chandigarh at 9.55 pm. The fare for AC Chair Car is Rs 385.
The train will halt at SAS Nagar, New Morinda, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Beas stations.
MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, while travelling in the train, said, "The people of the constituency have given me an opportunity to serve the birth place of the Khalsa. With the starting of the train, the long-standing demand of Punjabis has been met and their dreams realised. The enthusiasm of the people for the train was such that they were seen waiting in large numbers for its arrival at the SAS Nagar and Morinda railway stations to greet the pilgrims."
Chandigarh is now well-connected via train to many important destinations of the country such as Howrah, Chennai, Ajmer, Jaipur, Amritsar, Una, Lal Kuan, Allahabad, Dibrugarh, Goa, Mumbai, Hazur Sahib, Shirdi, Banaras and Indore.