The much-awaited Ferozepur-Patti railway link will become a reality soon as the Punjab government has issued directions to Ferozepur and Tarn Taran deputy commissioners to begin the work on land acquisition for the project.
Rajya Sabha member Shwet Malik, who is also a member of the railway board, made this announcement here on Tuesday. He said the Union ministry is ready to go ahead with the project once the state government acquires the land. The DCs will ascertain the land needed for the project and negotiate with the farmers, whose land is to be acquired, said Malik.
The MP said the rail link will shorten the distance between Amritsar and Mumbai by 249 km and reduce travel time by five hours. “It will also benefit the army and traders from across the border,” he said. Pawan Kumar Bansal, the then railway minister, had announced the Patti-Ferozepur rail link during the 2013 budget. The 23-km link requires a bridge over the Sutlej which won’t take much time to be completed, said the MP.