Accepting the long-pending demand of Sikh pilgrims, the union railway ministry agreed to run a Panj Takht Special train on Tuesday.
The train will start its first journey from Dhuri railway station at 10am on February 16. After covering Shri Hazoor Sahib (Nanded), Shri Patna Sahib, Shri Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo), Shri Harmandar Sahib (Amritsar) and Shri Keshgarh Sahib (Anandpur Sahib), it will reach Dhuri on February 25. The frequency of the train will depend on the number of passengers and ticket booking.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Congress MP from Sangrur, Vijayinder Singla, who was raising this demand with the union ministry for a long time, said, "The dream has finally come true, as this was a long-pending demand of lakhs of people of the state."
As the per the demand, the frequency of the train will be increased as union railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge has given his assurance to ensure safe and happy journey to the pilgrims, he said.
It may be recalled here that Singla had taken up this demand with the railway minister when he had come to inaugurate some railway projects at the Dhuri junction on November 17 last year.
He added that the Panj Takht train will enable people of Punjab to visit gurdwaras of special significance at a low cost and in a comfortable way, a facility that was not available earlier. The tickets for this 10-day yatra can be booked at a reasonable amount, which will include all expenses like fare, food and lodging.
Booking for the Panj Takht train can be made online from Wednesday or at Dhuri and Sangrur railway stations.