Central Railways to launch more trains to Shirdi

MUMBAI: The pilgrimage town of Shirdi is proving to be a money-spinner for Indian Railways, which has introduced a large number of new services to the town from various parts of the country. The Sri Saibaba shrine in Shirdi is considered one of the richest temples in India.

Nearly 40,000 pilgrims pay obeisance every day at the shrine built over Saibaba’s samadhi. Indian Railways runs as many as seven services, including weekly, tri-weekly, bi-weekly and daily trains, from places as far as Howrah, Chennai, Vijaywada and Mysore to Shirdi.

A CR official said, “Many of these services were introduced gradually over the past three year. On an average, Indian Railways earns approximately Rs 25 lakh per day from these services to the Sai Nagar Shirdi station, which became operational in March 2009.” CR has already planned three more services to Shirdi, one each from Vishakhapatnam and Mysore (both weekly). A tri-weekly express train between Sai Nagar Shirdi and Pandharpur will also be introduced from September 16. The inaugural train will be flagged off by K H Muniayappa from Sai Nagar Shirdi on Thursday.


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