New Delhi: As a goodwill gesture to Sikh pilgrims, Indian Railways has flagged off the “Sarbat Da Bhala” express train originating from New Delhi, which is the extension of New Delhi to Ludhiana Intercity Express to Lohian Khas via Jalandhar.
On the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the extension of the train is Indian Railways’ way of paying obeisance to the Holy Guru. The main Railway Station of the train in the heritage town of Sultanpur Lodhi, the place where the Saint received enlightenment, is being upgraded with modern amenities.
“Sarbat-Da-Bhala” Express will start from New Delhi and have stoppages at Shakurbasti, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak Jn, Jind, Narwana, Tohana, Jakhal, Sangrur, Dhuri, Jalandhar City, Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi en-route in both directions and will reach Lohian Khas. The train will run five days a week.
Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal said that the new train will serve the Sikh pilgrims visiting Sultanpur Lodhi.
Besides the Railway, Minister, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. On this occasion, Members of Railway Board, General Manager, Northern Railway & senior Railway officials were present.
Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “I am thankful to Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal ji for providing a new train to Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak ji spent 14 years of his life. She added that Railway Ministry has sanctioned the upgrade of Sultanpur Lodhi station and trains from important Sikh pilgrim cities like Nanded, Patna Sahib have been connected to Sultanpur Lodhi. “After 70 years, wishes of Sikh pilgrims have been granted.”
Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that this is an auspicious occasion as the new train will directly connect the National Capital to Sultanpur Lodhi.