Jaipur: Now, chug between Ajmer and Pushkar for just Rs 5. Till now connected via road only, the tourist hotspot of Pushkar will finally have a rupee five per passenger rail link.
Finally, the first train will on Tuesday chug down Ajmer-Pushkar track awaiting rail traffic since May 26, 2011.
The 25.7-km Ajmer-Pushkar rail line will be inaugurated by Railways minister Dinesh Trivedi in presence of Ajmer MP and Union minister of state for IT & communication Sachin Pilot and CM Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday, North Western Railway CPRO Lalit Bohra said. The Railways minister will flag off the five days every week special train from Pushkar railway station.
The 10-coach train, which will run all days except Tuesdays and Fridays will start off from Ajmer at 9.15 am and reach Pushkar at 10.40 am and return at 3.40 pm to reach Ajmer at 5 pm. A meagre fare of `5 will be charged from each passenger of the train, less than half of what is being charged by buses for the same distance.
On January 23, the first day of operation, the train will start off from Pushkar at 11.40 am and reach Ajmer at 1.07 pm, after halting at Madar, Makarwali and Burha Pushkar stations which will be part of its itinerary in future also.
The new train connecting the two religious tourism hotspots in an hour and 20 minutes will render a new mode of transport to tourists, which hitherto connected with Pushkar via road only.
The 25.7-km line between Ajmer and Pushkar was completed in 10 years at a cost of Rs 106 crore. After the completion of laying of track in April last year, the commissioner railway safety had conducted a safety inspection on May 26, 2011.