Fulfilling the long-pending demand of area residents, MP Sher Singh Ghubaya on Saturday inaugurated the maiden train between Ferozepur and Sriganganagar at the local railway station.
Locals welcomed the train at Fazilka and Abohar railway stations with much fanfare as it spread cheer among the area residents, who have been demanding a rail link between Ferozepur and Sriganganagar since Independence.
The fare for over three-hour journey would cost less than the bus journey. While train journey from Ferozepur to Abohar will cost Rs 41 and Rs 50 for Sriganganagar, the bus travel costs Rs100 and Rs 125 for two stations, respectively.
The daily train will start at 5.10 am from Ferozepur and return by 4.30 pm, revealed railway sources.
Earlier, as there was no rail link between Fazilka-Abohar, a Ferozepur-Sriganganagar train was not feasible. However, on July 13, the Fazilka-Abohar rail link was started, which made a Ferozepur-Sriganganagar train journey possible.
Congress MLA Parminder Singh, Ferozepur DRM Naresh Chand, besides a battery of senior railway officials, were present on the occasion.