MASS SCALE PUBLIC MOVEMENT TO BE LAUNCHED AGAINST GOVT. OF INDIA IF DEMANDS NOT MET
Chandigarh, October 12:
Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Social Welfare, Women and Child Development Minister Punjab has urged the Government of India to take decision about stopping the Chandigarh-Amrtisar Duranto Express train on at Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Sirhind so that the passengers of these cities can also avail this facility.
Adding further, Prof. Chawla said that the present departure time of the train is 7.00 pm which is very late and daily commuters do not find it convenient to reach back home in time. Keeping in view the demand of the passengers, the departure time of Duranto Express should be changed to 6.00 pm instead of 7.00 pm. She also suggested that half of the seats should be reserved where as remaining half should be reserved under Tatkal Services. With this changed reservation system, Government could earn more on one hand and general public could be benifitted on the other. She, however, said that the government of India did not respond to her earlier appeals in this regard, it was evident that the centre Government was under influence of the Transport Mafia, she added.
Reiterating her stand, Prof. Chawla made a fervent appeal to the Govt. of India to immediately pay adequate attention to the demands and requirements of general public in regard with Duranto train, failing which a mass movement headed by the minister herself, would be launched against the Central Government.