PANAJI: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday flagged off the long-cherished Goa-Mumbai double decker train with a capacity of 1000 passengers. The train will reach the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on Monday. The train was flagged off by a remote control from Panaji in the evening.
The Union Railway Minister said that the double decker train service will be operated thrice a week on the route adding that Railways will soon sign a pact with the Japanese government to improve and maintain safety and standard of Indian Railways.
The air-conditioned express train will have A/C chair car coaches and leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 5.30 am and will reach Madgaon about 5.30 am on the same day.
The double decker train will leave Madgao every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5.10 pm. “These train services would be provided thrice a week at present and depending upon the response from the commuters, the services will be extended” Prabhu informed.
Speaking on the occasion, Prabhu said a long-pending demand to start Goa-Tirupati train service will also be started in the near future. He said “I will definitely introduce the train on experimental basis and depending upon the response, railways will decide what should be the frequency and how it should be operated,’’ he added.
Prabhu said this was the long cherished demand of Goans and he could not ignore it as the state is a global tourist destination and the new double decker train will help boost tourism.
“It was a long cherished dream of passengers on Konkan Railway route to have a double decker train between Mumbai and Madgaon to cater to the extra rush in order to make the journey more comfortable,” stated the Union Minister.
This train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sawantwadi Road, Thivim and Karmali in both the directions.
The Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said that in the past few months the Union Minister has helped the state a lot and whenever the state government had approach him he had honoured the demands.
The Union Minister for AYUSH, Shripad Naik said after the BJP had come to power in the state there has been a tremendous progress on the railway front.
On the occasion, Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar, and Vishnu Wagh were also present amongst the railways dignitaries.