A free train under the Mukh Mantri Tirath Darshan Yatra scheme will leave from Anandpur Sahib to Nanded, Maharashtra, on January 8.
Rupnagar deputy commissioner Tanu Kashyap said the train would enable 1,000 pilgrims of Anandpur Sahib and Rupnagar constituency to do darshan at the Takht Sri Hazur Sahib and other gurdwaras at Nanded. After which, it will bring them back to Anandpur Sahib. Kashyap said this journey would be comfortable for pilgrims as the Punjab government will provide them with free food, board and lodging.
To avail facility of this free religious journey pilgrims will have to submit his or her photo identity proof and medical fitness certificate from a government hospital, she said. There is no provision of reservations for these special trains.
Kashyap also said pilgrims of other cities who want to join the journey could collect and deliver forms in the office of municipal councils. While those from rural areas could contact offices of the block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs) concerned. The forms should reach offices concerned by December 28.
To facilitate the process doctors will sit in municipal council offices and BDPO offices and no medical fitness fee will be charged.
State transport commissioner Harmail Singh Sandhu and transport department special secretary Manjit Singh Narang said this was a good state-sponsored initiative.