Railways’ move for Amritsar station’s facelift hailed

Paint work in progress at the city railway station in Amritsar on Sunday.

AMRITSAR: The Ferozpur Railway Division has initiated painting of the city station in sync with the holy city’s Sikh architectural heritage.

Jaswinder Singh Advocate of Akaal Purkh Ki Fauj, supporting the new design, said the new look of the local railway station would make it identical to Khalsa College and other Sikh architectural buildings in terms of colour. He observed that it would give a feel to the visitors that they were in the holy city immediately after they alight from trains.

SB Singh, a resident of Sultanwind road, appreciated the move of the railway authorities. “Pilgrims and tourists from across the world come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and invariably appreciate the design of Khalsa College. The new look of the railway station will add another architectural marvel to the holy city,” he said.

Earlier, the railway station in accordance with the Victorian architecture had come into being six years after the Indian sub-continent’s first formal run of train from Bori Bunder (Mumbai) in 1853. It was among the few well-connected railway stations along the international border with newly carved nation – Pakistan during and before the Partition.

A major railhead junction of the Northern Railways, the local station had witnessed the maximum movement of trains carrying refugees to and fro from both countries during the Partition, considered to be the biggest human migration in the world.

Efficient rail link with newly carved out nation Pakistan had made the city first choice of the people coming to India. This is the reason that many Hindi and Punjabi flicks on the subject have scenes of the local railway station.