Lahore-Amritsar bus service to begin on Friday

Published on Jan 19, 2006 06:24 PM IST

India and Pakistan would launch a bus service between Lahore and Amritsar on Friday.

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In yet another historic step towards furthering people-to-people contact, India and Pakistan would launch a bus service between Lahore and Amritsar on Friday.

As per the agreement between the two countries, the Pakistani bus would leave from Lahore to Amritsar and return the next day. The bus from the Indian side would arrive in Pakistan on January 24 and return the next day.

Pakistani bus would leave for Lahore every Friday and return on Saturday while the Indian bus would arrive on Tuesday and return the next day.

The fare of the bus covering a distance of around 45 kilometres has been fixed Rs 740 (Indian) and Rs 900 (Pakistani).

Both sides have already conducted trial runs.

Officials of the two countries consider it a historic step in furthering the peace process as this was the first time that a bus service would directly link the Punjab provinces of both sides.

Also, the two countries are poised to launch a bus service between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak.

Both sides already run bus services between Lahore and New Delhi as well as Srinagar and Muzafarabad besides a train service called Samjhotha Express between Lahore and Attari.

The countries were also poised to start a second train service, this time connecting Khohrapar in Sindh and Munnabao in Rajastan from February 1.

An Indian Railway delegation was due in Pakistan on January 23 to sign an agreement which has been finalised during talks in New Delhi recently.

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