Friday, June 15, 2012

Fazilka-Abohar rail link to start soon

Ludhiana: The much-awaited Fazilka-Abohar rail link may get operational 'within days' after the Union Railway Minister Mukul Roy cleared a file to this effect on Thursday. State forest minister and Fazilka MLA Surjit Jayani who presented the file to Roy, said, "The Union Minister surprised as to why railways was not running trains on this track even when the infrastructure was ready. He assured me that within few days trains will start running on the track." The rail link was sanctioned in 2003 and its foundation was laid by the then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar in 2004. Scheduled to be operational in 2007, the link could be completed in 2010. The Railways even created the time table for running the trains, but it could never be operational. Once the rail link starts, Ferozepur would get direct access to Sriganganagar in Rajasthan and southern and central parts of India.

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