Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- India and Pak agree to run special trains

Published: Saturday, October 19, 2002, 20:54 [IST]
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New Delhi:India and Pakistan have decided to run two special trains to March 19 and 22 to cope with the rush of Indian cricket fans for the Lahore One-dayers on March 21 and 24.

The special trains will leave from Old Delhi Railway station at 2150 (IST) hours on both the days to Attari from where they will be taken to Lahore via special trains run by Pakistan, official sources said on Monday.

Pakistan side has confirmed the arrangements, they said. The Ministry is issuing orders to the Northern Railway to run the special trains on these two days.

Earlier, Railway Board chairman R K Singh had said that discussions were being held with the authorities in Pakistan to work out special arrangements for the fans.

"The Indian side had written to the authorities in Pakistan and had held special discussions with departments like Customs for making special arrangements for the cricket fans to travel to Pakistan," Singh told reporters after a book release function this morning.

Singh said Pakistan would also make special arrangements for the passengers from India. For the remaining matches, Singh said the existing arrangements in the bi-weekly Samjhauta Express train would be augmented by adding two coaches.

Later, an official release said that the Railway Ministry had issued orders to run the special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers having valid tickets and visa for the cricket matches.

The Delhi-Attari special passenger trains would leave Delhi Junction at 2150 (IST) hours on March 19 and 22 arriving Amritsar at 0600 (IST) hours the next day.

It would leave Amritsar at 0630 (IST) hours on March 20 and 23 arriving Attari at 0710 (IST) hours on the same day, the release said adding the special trains would comprise 12 coaches.

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