Rail link to Kalka sought

A local resident involved in various social causes here, Dr AL Adlakha, has taken up the demand of extending the Amritsar-Chandigarh superfast train from Amritsar to Kalka and back with President Pranab Mukherjee.

In a communiqué to the President, he termed it a national wastage of resources and untapped potential on part of the Railways. He said the superfast train travels via Beas, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mohali to reach Chandigarh. Running the train to next stoppage at Kalka would link the holy city to Himachal Pradesh.The train reaches Chandigarh at 9.10 a.m. and departs at 5.30 p.m. for return journey to Amritsar.

Kalka is an important link, as from here trains start for Shimla, connecting with entire Himachal Pradesh catering to domestic as well as international tourists.

Before 1984, the train from Amritsar to Kalka, which was stopped in militancy days, was very poular. Now when the train has been intitated on the same route, it would be wise to link it further. People from towns in Himachal Pradesh could conveniently visit Ludhiana to buy hosiery goods for stocking their shops, but they have to travel by buses. It is well known that train journey is cheaper, convenient, comfortable, reliable, pleasant and safe. With train connectivity, lots of pressure on roads is decreased and there is saving of petrol and diesel and occurrence of fewer accidents.

He regretted that earlier communiqués to the Ministry of Railways on the matter remained unanswered.