Bus lobby in Punjab not allowing Duronto: CPI

Duronto Express between Chandigarh and Amritsar was expected to hit the tracks by April this year.

Updated: Jun 19, 2011, 18:13 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Left on Sunday accused the state government and the transporters` lobby of Punjab of delaying the start of a proposed Duronto express train service between Chandigarh and Amritsar, as promised by the Railway Minister in the last rail budget.

"The transporters` lobby along with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are putting spanners to delay the running of train for vested interests," CPI national executive member Joginder Dayal told reporters here.

He said the Left parties in the state would launch a vigorous agitation soon against the transporters` lobby in Punjab.

Most of the transporters in Punjab are politicians from different political parties, including the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), BJP and Congress, he said.

Several activists of CPI and CPI(M) had recently staged a protest outside the Amritsar railway station, demanding commencement of the Duronto Express rail service between Chandigarh and Amritsar.

The Duronto Express between Chandigarh and Amritsar was expected to hit the tracks by April this year.

"The transporters` lobby is delaying the train service as their business will be hit," he alleged.

PTI