In coming Union Budget 2017 Ambala Division proposed four new trains from Chandigarh to several destinations which include train from Chandigarh to Hisar, Nagal Dam to Patna via Chandigarh, a train from Sarangpur to Ludhiana via Chandigarh and another one from Chandigarh to Ludhiana.
Ambala Division also proposed that the third Shatabdi which currently does not ply on Sunday, should be allowed to operate on Sunday as compared to Wednesday from Chandigarh to New Delhi day for the convenience of passengers. Dinesh Kumar Ambala Divisional Railway Manager said that the proposal for the new trains was sent to the Railway Ministry for consideration in the Budget. He said the demand for the Hisar train was raised by the Member of Parliament from Hisar and it was considered by the division.
Apart from this Chandigarh MP, Kirron Kher, had also subjected a proposal raising the demands of residents of Chandigarh. In a letter to Suresh Prabhu (Union Railway Minister), Kher has demanded extension of the Sadhbhawna Express (which has route between Chandigarh and Lucknow) to Pratapgarh or start a new train from Chandigarh to Pratapgarh. She has also demanded a stoppage for the Paschim Express at Shri Mahavir ji station. She also mentioned in her letter that Shri Mahavir ji was a famous pilgrimage site of the Jain Samaj. A large number of Jain devotees from Chandigarh and the neighboring states visited the pligrimage site by the Paschim Express. They faced a difficulty because the train did not stop at Shri Mahavir ji station. Therefore, a two-minute halt must be permitted for the Paschim Express at Shri Mahavir ji station.
Kiran Kher in her letter said there were a large number of people in city beautiful from Uttar Pradesh. At present, there was a direct super-fast train — the Sadbhawna Express — from Chandigarh to Lucknow. Passengers belonging to as Rae Bareli, Amethi and Partapgarh had to change their train at Lucknow, which caused a lot inconvenience to them. The train was usually crowded and there was a need for another train on the same route, she said.