Railway officials were all set to welcome the union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal at Sangrur on Saturday.
Bansal would visit his home town in Tapa in Barnala district to attend a family function. He would also attend a function at Barnala railway station.
Railway officials left no stone unturned to put up a pleasing welcome for their minister on his maiden visit to city. Besides giving a face-lift to the station, the surrounding area and roads leading to the station have been cleaned.
Labourers could be seen repairing and cleaning railway tracks and lubricating railway crossing barricades in Sangrur.
The usually shabby Tapa railway station has been revamped. New iron sheets have been put on the over-bridge and passengers' sheds have been changed and painted.
Divisional railway manager, Ambala division, PK Sanghi, visited all the venues to take stock of preparations.
"Senior authorities have given clear instructions to put all efforts into making the station look neat and clean. Moreover, we have been directed to repair or replace necessary things before the minister's visit," said an official of Sangrur railway station.
The minister would be announcing the construction of model railway stations at Sangrur, Tapa and Barnala, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and superior infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Bansal would be laying the foundation stone of the long pending railway over-bridge at Sangrur-Barnala railway crossing, besides inaugurating a waiting lounge at Sangrur railway station.