Palitana gets first long-distance train in Railway Budget 2014


RAJKOT, July 15, 2014: Jain community members wanting to go to Palitana from Mumbai have something to cheer in the Railway Budget. Railways minister Sadanand Gowda has announced Mumbai-Palitana weekly express train in the Budget for 2014-15 on Tuesday. The demand for a direct train to Palitana from Mumbai had been hanging fire since a long time.

Presently, there is just one train running between Bhavnagar and Palitana. This is the first long distance train to the temple town. Every year, Palitana receives around 10 lakh tourists, mostly from Jain community, and large numbers from Mumbai.

Besides connecting with Palitana, Saurashtra region has got two more express trains, Rajkot- Rewa Express via Jabalpur and Hapa-Bilaspur Express via Nagpur. All the three express trains will run once a week.

A senior railway official from Rajkot division said they had run special weekly trains of Rajkot-Raipur and Hapa-Bilaspur as holiday specials last year. "The response to the holiday special trains was overwhelming," he said. Source: The Times of India