On his maiden visit to Sangrur, railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was receptive to the demands of local residents. He gave his nod to halt superfast trains at Sangrur and Malerkotla railway stations, besides upgrading all seven railway stations of Sangrur and Barnala as model.
Addressing the gathering, Bansal announced that on the special demand of residents, Jammu-Jabalpur superfast train will now stop at Sangrur railway station from December 19.
Meanwhile, Sri Ganga Nagar-Nander Sahib train which usually runs once a week, will run thrice a week and will halt at Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, he said.
Fulfilling the long pending demands of residents of Malerkotla, the minister said that Amritsar-Jaipur train will now halt at Malerkotla railway station from December 21. Bansal said demand for a train between Amritsar and Ajmer would considered before February 21.
Meanwhile, laying foundation stone of a railway overbridge on Sangrur-Barnala track, Bansal said out of total Rs. 30 crore estimated cost of the bridge, 50% cost will be borne by railway department, while remaining cost will be paid by the National Highways Authority of India.
He also laid foundation stone of three model railway stations at Tapa, Barnala and Sangrur.
Member parliament from Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla acquainted the railway minister with the demands of local residents.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, chief parliamentary secretary Babu Prakash Chand and former MLA Surinderpal Singh Sibia were also present on the occasion.