Eyeing the coming Lok Sabha elections, Congress MP from Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla managed another big achievement for his constituency by getting a Shatabdi halt at the Dhuri junction.
The New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Express train will now stop at the Dhuri junction 11.15 am for Ludhiana and in return journey the Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi Express will halt at Dhuri daily at 5.32 pm for New Delhi. Flagging off the train at the Dhuri junction on Sunday, MP Singla said that the interests of this backward region were not being taken up effectively by political stalwarts of this region, but since his election as an MP from Sangrur, this region has received attention because of his efforts.
"This train halt is a gift for city residents and an effort to help commuters of Dhuri and neighboring areas connect with Delhi, Ludhiana and other destinations" Singla added.
Later, the MP also inaugurated the upgraded Sangrur railway station as adarsh station. Talking to mediapersons, he said that the modernization of the station had been carried out at a cost of Rs 3.15 crore with additional facilities like footover bridge, new waiting rooms and shelter on the platforms.
He said that he had been able to cover most of the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency railway stations under the adarsh scheme namely, Barnala, Sunam, Tapa, Dhuri, Lehragaga and Malerkotla railway stations and work is in progress at all places.
He said that the rail and road connectivity was the first step which needed to be strengthened for the development of the region. On Feburary 4, on the recommendation of Sangrur MP, the union railways ministry had agreed to run a Panj Takht Special train, which will start from Dhuri on February 16 and will cover the Sikh pilgrimages of Shri Hazoor Sahib (Nanded), Shri Patna Sahib, Shri Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo), Shri Harmandir Sahib, and Shri Keshgarh Sahib and will finally complete its first journey at Dhuri on February 25, 2014. He also informed that the railways ministry had also approved three rail bridges in this region costing Rs 39 crore.