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Amritsar station to get major facelift, says Railway minister

Promising world-class facilities for Amritsar Railway Station, union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has invited the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to be partner the ministry.

punjab Updated: Apr 05, 2015 21:12 IST
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Amritsar Railway Station

Promising world-class facilities for Amritsar Railway Station, union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has invited the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to be partner the ministry.

Prabhu, in Amritsar to pay obeisance at Golden Temple, said, "For thousands of tourists visiting the Golden Temple, the Amritsar station is the first point of arrival and this needs to be top-class. We are committed to doing this."

He added, "Work is on and I invite the the SGPC to participate in the process and help in processes like traditional design."

Notably, work to make Amritsar a model station has been on for long. However, the speed of the execution has left a lot to be desired. The minister, who returns to Delhi on Sunday night, will inspect the work at the station.

'Company to take up projects in the state'

The minister added that the Railways and the Punjab government will soon form a company that would work to uplift the railway infrastructure in Punjab and would also work on providing better facilities to passengers.

"We will also focus on improving the condition of railways stations across the state. There is also a proposal to connect religious cities and also ensure that 'Gurbani' is played inside these trains," the minister claimed.

The minister added that the priority for this department at the moment was to ensure that the number of accidents is reduced and also that the trains run in time.

"In the rail budget, we had mentioned that meeting benchmark standards in safety, punctuality and facilities was our aim and we are working on that."

SGPC gives memorandum

SGPC officials, who honoured the minister, during his visit, also handed over a memorandum demanded the expansion of ticketing counter at the Golden Temple and also requested that the frequency of the weekly train from Nanded be increased to everyday.

The minister responded by asking officials accompanying him to ensure that the ticket counter at the Golden temple was expanded within a month.

On increasing the frequency of the Nanded train, he said the ministry would consider the proposal.