Sudden Withdrawal Of Jammu-Nanded Train Disappoints Sikh Devotees

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JAMMU – Sudden withdrawal of Jammu -Nanded special train by the railway department has disappointed Sikh pilgrims especially NRI’s willing to undertake pilgrimage to Takht Hazur Sahib, Nanded Maharashtara. The train was a convenient mode of travel for Sikhs from Jammu to Nanded via Amritsar for performing religious services since the Sanchkhand Express , daily running train between Amritsar- Nanded was always overbooked, said Gurtej Singh Arora of Vikas Travels while talking to TOI on Monday. He informed that due to heavy rush of NRI’s during these months they were finding it hard to travel to Nanded from Amritsar .

Divisional railway manager, Ferozpur division, Naresh Chander Goyal said that the Jammu-Nanded train would make its last journey on November 26th. He said since it was a special train so it was up to railway ministry to decide about extending it. Tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh breathed his last at Hazur Sahib. With view of heavy rush of NRI’s aspiring to pay obeisance at Takht Hazur Sahib, Manroop Singh of KS Travels informed that they had also tried to contact several airlines to begin their direct flight from Amritsar but they had expressed their helplessness for now.

A Sikh devotee Ravinder Singh who along with his family members was at Amritsar railway station for booking tickets to Nanded said “We are so much disappointed with the withdrawal of special Jammu-Nanded train, only 6 tickets are available for Nanded that too in the last week of February in Sachkhand Express”.

Other devotees also expressed similar sentiments . Singh informed that he along with fellow devotees have decided to meet Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar to urge him to use his influence to pressurize railway ministry to not withdraw the Jammu-Nanded train which was a great facility for Sikh devotees. Harpreet Singh from Houston who is on pilgrimage to India with his family said “I had made my programme accordingly but now my tour programme is totally upset when I came to know about sudden withdrawal of special train “.

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