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New Delhi  : On the occasion of 550th Birth Anniversary of “Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji”, the  Indian Railways is paying obeisance to the Holy Guru by contributing to the yearlong celebrations in its own way. The Railway Station in the heritage town of Sultanpur Lodhi, the place where the Saint attained enlightenment, is being upgraded with modern amenities.

In this connection, Railways, Commerce & Industry Minister  Piyush Goyal, Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Food Processing Industries MInister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and other dignitaries flagged off the extension of train no. 12037/12038 New Delhi – Ludhiana Intercity Express up to Lohian Khas (via Jalandhar) with new number and name ( 22479/22480 “Sarbat Da Bhala” Express ) on October 4, 2019, at New Delhi station.

Speaking on the occasion, Piyush Goyal said that the new train will serve the Sikh pilgrims visiting Sultanpur Lodhi on 550th Birthday of Guru Nanak ji (Prakash Parv). He added that the teachings of Guru Nanak ji should be followed in our lives. This is the important step by Railways as it will provide connectivity to pilgrims visiting Sultanpur Lodhi on 550th Birthday.

Food Processing Industries Minister 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 and approving the name of train “Sarbat Da Bhala” which means “Goodness for All”. The name of the train reflects the teaching of Guru Nanak Ji.  The  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.”

Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister  Dr Harsh Vardhan said that this is an auspicious occasion as the new train will directly connect the National Capital to Sultanpur Lodhi. The Railways is doing commendable service by providing convenient travel facility to pilgrims visiting Sultanpur Lodhi, he said.

The train no. 22479/22480 “Sarbat-Da-Bhala” Express will start from New Delhi at 7 am and have stoppages at Shakurbasti, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak Jn, Jind, Narwana, Tohana, Jakhal, Sangrur, Dhuri, Jalandhar City, Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi en-route both directions and will reach Lohian Khas at 2..55 pm. On return, the train no. 22480 will start from Lohian Khas at 3.35 pm and reach New Delhi at 11.35 pm. The train will run on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (five days a week). The composition of the train is AC Chair Car coaches- 2, Second class sitting coaches- 6, General Coaches- 7, according to a PIB release.

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