PUNE: The Railway Pravasi group has urged the Pune division of the Central Railways to start holiday special trains from Pune to Konkan during the Ganesh festival. The festival will be held next month. Chairperson of the group, Harsha Shah in a memorandum submitted to Divisional Railway Manager Sunit Sharma said the Central Railways runs holiday special trains from Mumbai to Konkan during the Ganesh festival which will be celebrated from September 5 to 22. The Konkan Railways and the Western Railways also run special trains via Konkan railway route, she said. The group said that trains be started from Pune up to Madgaon, and Mangalore via Konkan rail route. Similarly, trains can also be started from Solapur via Pune to these places, she said.
In addition to the special trains for Ganesh festival, the group has urged the railways to start special trains from Pune to Shirdi.
The group said that in Maharashtra, Pune is the second most important city after Mumbai. Pune should have better rail connectivity to all important places in the country, Shah said. The railways runs holiday special trains during the winter season and summer season. These trains should be run on a daily basis, Shah added.