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Chakki Bank renamed,race begins for credit

The renaming of the Chakki Bank railway station to Pathankot Cantt has triggered a race for credit among politician and some prominent citizens. The stop, 3 kilometers from the main Pathankot railway station, is a bypass to Pathankot for the trains coming in from New Delhi and Mumbai and heading to Jammu and Udhampur.

punjab Updated: Aug 19, 2013 01:12 IST
Vinay Dhingra

The renaming of the Chakki Bank railway station to Pathankot Cantt has triggered a race for credit among politician and some prominent citizens. The stop, 3 kilometers from the main Pathankot railway station, is a bypass to Pathankot for the trains coming in from New Delhi and Mumbai and heading to Jammu and Udhampur.

As the town increased its limits, the Chakki Bank railway station built in 1952 almost became its part, and with time, overshadowed the main station.

All train drivers preferred to bypass the main city to shorten the run and save time. Also, entering the city required the engine to turn around from the end of the track. Former Gurdaspur parliamentarian Vinod Khanna gave the station on the Chakki river bank a facelift, and after that, the demand to rename it Pathankot Cantt on lines of Ambala and Jalandhar gained momentum, as the station also served the army and air force.

Dr HR Khera, a prominant physician of Pathankot, started writing to the railway ministry for changing the station's name and now he is happy to see the new sign. Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday was at the junction with supporters and Congress leaders to inaugurate it under new name.

He said changing a name of any railway station was a tedious procedure, and so was the case with Chakki Bank, as persuading the railway ministry held the key, yet he had been able to do it.

"If the Badals (state's ruling family) had supported me, a train each from Qadian and Beas would have also come," said Bajwa. "My fight is also for a Shatabadi Express from this new station to Delhi," he added. Former Congress minister Raman Bhalla was present.