Appointed as the railway minister on Sunday, Pawan Kumar Bansal has promised that the city's railway station would be developed into one with world-class facilities during his tenure.
Bansal, who was in the city, hours after his appointment, said he planned to introduce wi-fi facility, more waiting rooms and food courts, at the railway station. "City residents can definitely hope for things to move in the right direction," Bansal, who, with the appointment, became the first Chandigarh resident to hold the crucial portfolio, said.
He, however, was not specific about rail connectivity. Higher frequency of Shatabdi trains, completion of Ludhiana-Chandigarh rail link and more trains for Punjab would also be explored, Bansal, who was earlier holding the portfolio of parliamentary affairs, said.
Bansal had in the past often spoken on upgrading the city's railway station. In spite of the parliamentarian's constant demand for better facilities, nothing had been done so far. "I have been promising to the residents (of improving the railway station). This time, something concrete will be done in furthering the city's dream of a world-class railways station," he said.
The new railways minister cautioned the residents against expecting too much from him. "I cannot make big promises. But, be sure, city resident will witness positive change in rail travel."The minister said the prime objective was to provide rail commuters hassle free travel and efficient rail services.