Commonwealth Express arrives in Amritsar

Updated: Jun 25, 2010, 20:45 PM IST

Amritsar: The Commonwealth Express, an exhibition-on-wheels to promote the October 3-14 showpiece event to be held in Delhi, reached on Friday coinciding with the arrival of the Queen`s Baton Relay at the city of Golden Temple.

The special exhibition train, a joint venture between the Railway Ministry and the Information and Technology Ministry, will stay at the station for next two days before resuming its 101-day journey across the country.

Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Friday visited the colorful coaches of the train, which has touched upon different aspects of the quadrennial sporting extravaganza, and now the show will remain open to the common public.

The train, which will pass through 20 states and stop at 49 major stations, was flagged off from Delhi on Thursday.

"I am thankful to Mamata (Banerjee) who have taken this excellent initiative and showed her interest in popularizing the Commonwealth Games. Railway also has produced several sportspersons over the years and I am sure that their athletes will win many medals during the Games," Kalmadi said after watching the exhibition.

Besides the Games, Railways` contribution to sports and its achievements in the sports arena also have been highlighted in the train exhibition.

Earlier, the Baton also embarked upon a 100-day journey across the country after its arrival in India as Kalmadi, also chief of the Indian Olympic Association, received the Baton from his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Syed Arif Hassan at the Wagah-Attari international border amid much fanfare.