Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Abohar-Fazilka rail link project crawls

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
12th October 2010, Chandigarh Edition, Hindustan Times, Page-4
It took several years for the Abohar-Fazilka railway link to have its foundation laid. It's been over six years since then and the 28-km stretch us far from completion.This, when the project was supposed to be completed in three years, as was announced by the then railway minister Nitish Kumar on February 1, 2004, at the function where the stone was laid.

The link is vital not only for commuters from the two towns, but also from the military point of view. It would mean easier transportation of men, supplies and arms, and may open up new trade avenues as well, said Vikram Ahuja, a trader from Fazilka.

A railway line between the two sub-division towns has been hanging fire since Independence, and it was during the NDA regime that the them Ferozepur Lok Sabha MP, the late Zora Singh Mann of the SAD, persuaded the government to start work.

The platforms for the new link are ready at both Abohar and Fazilka stations, but that is futile until the track is operational , rued Dr Amar Lal Baghla, president of Northern Railway Passenger Samiti. When contacted, Northern Division Railway Manager, Ferozepur, Vishvesh Chube said work was in the final stage and would be complete by the end of the year.

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