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Lost in time: Hussainiwala Railway Station comes to life only two days in a year
Hussainiwala Railway Station near the Indo-Pak border in Punjab, which is opened two days in a year, on March 23 - the Martyrs' Day celebrations of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and on April 13 - the Baisakhi festival, the start of harvesting of the wheat crop, is dying its own death.

Hussainiwala Railway Station, located at a distance of 11 km from Ferozepur town of Punjab, which was once known as the 'Gateway to Lahore', is the end point of Northern Railway.

On Martyrs' Day, on Ferozepur-Hussasiniwala rail track, a special train, a diesel multiple units (DMU) plies to ferry people to the National Martyrs' Memorial. The people have travel on foot for about 1 km to reach the Samadhi Sthal.

This first train shuttled on this rail track between Ferozepur and Kasur (now in Pakistan) on its way to Peshawar in 1885. The rail track was once a hub of trade and military activities. Hundreds of people from the adjoining towns like Ferozepur, Kasur and Lahore used to come to work in the mechanical engineering workshop of the drainage department which was situated just across the station. This track also witnessed the inaugural run of the Punjab Mail that still connects Ferozepur with Mumbai.

Most British troops and businessmen would arrive in Mumbai and make their way to their destinations by rail to travel to distant places comfortably like Kasur, Lahore, Ferozepur and Peshawar.

The train used to cross over 13 round pillars over the Satluj river which are still intact even today, and a double-decker bridge called 'Empress Bridge', sources said. However, all that remains of this bridge today are the two towers on each side of the Sutlej.

But with the passage of time, this historic station has lost its significance, said Resham Singh of Hussaiwala village. He has demanded that the railway authorities should redevelop this heritage station.

As per sources, a grant of Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for the development of National Martyrs' Memorial with light and sound programme besides making it an attractive spot for the visitors with redevelopment of this railway station.

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