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Bi-weekly Ludhiana-Delhi Shatabdi to now run daily

The bi-weekly Shatabdi train between Ludhiana and Delhi will run seven days a week now, railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge said here on Sunday. The express train will also have a stoppage at Jind in Haryana, the union minister told reporters here. Kharge was in Rohtak to lay the foundation for the Rs 181 crore Rohtak Railway bypass line.

The bypass would replace the old Rohtak-Gohana rail track starting from the railway station up to Makrauli Kalan village in the district. The bypass would ease the traffic jams in the city. The minister said that with the shifting of this line, a third Rohtak-Samargopalpur line will be available which will facilitate straight route to Panipat. ‘This will help the development of Rohtak city, because the earlier Rohtak-Makrauli line will be eliminated,’ Kharge said.

He appreciated the progress made by Haryana and said the state is producing sufficient foodgrains and ‘adequate railway network is required for its transporting.’
Road minister Oscar Fernandes, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rajya Sabha member of Parliament Shadilal Batra, Rohtak member of Parliament Deepender Hooda and railway board chairman Arunendra Kumar were present at the occasion.

Hooda said, ‘In 1957, Rohtak-Panipat railway line was provided with the efforts of his father late Ranbir Singh and at that time Hanumantaya was the Railway Minister’.
‘34 years back, Rohtak-Bhiwani railway line was constructed when Bansi Lal was the chief minister and since then no other rail project was considered for Haryana,’ the chief minister said.

‘Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari railway line was sanctioned in 1997, when I was a member of Parliament. This railway line is operational now. The work of Sonipat-Gohana-Jind railway line is in progress,’ he said. Arunendra Kumar gave details about the new project.
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