The Ferozepur-Chandigarh Mail (train No. 14613/14) was flagged off here on Monday. The train will connect the city with Chandigarh as well as Ferozepur.
The train will depart from Ferozepur station at 7 am and reach the Ludhiana railway station at 9.15 am. The train will depart from Ludhiana at 9.40 am and will reach Chandigarh at 11.45 am.
From Chandigarh this train will department at 4.30 pm and reach Ludhiana at 6.20 pm and will reach the Ferozepur station at 9.30 pm. The one-way fare for the Ludhiana-Chandigarh stretch is Rs 70.
The train will cater needs of the people living nearby sub-stations of Ludhiana, including Jagraon, Dhandhari Kalan, Model Gram, Sahnewal and Samrala. It will also benefit the daily commuters like college students.
There was a huge demand for an unreserved train to Chandigarh from city residents who visit the state capital frequently. While there were three daily trains already connecting Ludhiana to Chandigarh, including an unreserved train, there was demand to start a new train due to huge traffic flow on this route and on the almost 100-km stretch of road from the city to Chandigarh.
Divisional traffic manager (DTM), Ludhiana, SP Singh Bhatia said, “The train will have 10 unreserved general coaches and stoppage at Jagraon, Model Gram, Baddowal, Mullanpur, Dhandari, Sahnewal, Samrala in Ludhiana district.”
Satish Kumar, a frequent commuter to Chandigarh, said, “This train will benefit a lot to people like me who visit Chandigarh frequently. The train has unreserved coaches and moreover, I can board this train from the Dhandhari station too, which will save my time.”
Out of three trains to Chandigarh, two are superfast and have reserved coaches. Earlier, there was only one train for people whose journey is not planned, was there from Ludhiana to Chandigarh which was not able to tackle the huge rush on this route.