Speaking on this occasion, Bittu said that with the introduction of the train to link Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib to Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, a long-standing demand of the locals had been met.
Bittu said he was trying for this for the past four years and the credit for introducing the train went to the UPA government and former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
He said since the Punjab government had no role in the starting of the train, Akali leaders should not claim credit for it.
The train will start from Nangal Dam at 4.20pm every Thursday. It will reach Anandpur Sahib at 4.38pm, Rupnagar at 5.16pm, [Sahibzada Ajit Singh] Nagar at 6.38pm, Chandigarh at 7pm and Ambala at 7.58pm. It will reach Nanded on Friday at 11.45pm after passing through Panipat, New Delhi, Mathura, Agra, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Itarsi, Khandwa and Akola.
On [the] return journey, the train will start from Nanded at 11am every Saturday and reach Nangal Dam at 8.25pm on Sunday.
Former ministers Ramesh Dutt Sharma and Tej Parkash Singh, former MLAs Rana KP Singh, Malkit Singh Dakha and Love Kumar Goldy, and railways divisional manager MK Sinha were present on the occasion.
Train starting from Nangal Dam
at 4.20pm on Thursdays, to reach
Anandpur Sahib 4.38pm
SAS Nagar 6.38pm