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Indian Railways launch 1st private train under `Bharat Gaurav Scheme`, departs for Shirdi

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Tuesday, The first train under the Indian Railways’ ‘Bharat Gaurav’ scheme was flagged off, with the maiden service leaving Coimbatore North railway station in Tamil Nadu for Sainagar Shirdi in Maharashtra. The train will depart from Coimbatore North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and arrive at Shirdi’s Sai Nagar at 7.25 a.m. on Thursdays.

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Taking to Twitter Ministry of Railways said, “Promoting India’s rich cultural heritage! Southern Railway becomes the first zone to get its first Registered service provider under the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Scheme & commence operations of the maiden service from Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi, today.”

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“The First Bharat Gaurav Train! Catch a glimpse of the grand welcome for a memorable journey to the country’s rich cultural heritage, an experience of a lifetime,” the ministry said in another post.

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Before arriving in Shirdi, the train will stop at Tirupur, Erode, Salem Jolarpet, Bangaluru Yelahanka, Dharmavara, Mantralayam Road (5 hours halt), and Wadi. According to an official release, the rates are on par with regular train ticket rates charged by Indian Railways and provide exclusive VIP Darshan at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple.

In November last year, The theme-based ‘Bharat Gaurav’ trains were announced. The objective of the themes is to showcase India’s rich cultural heritage, as well as historical places, to the people of India and the world. The train will be maintained by housekeeping service providers, who will clean the utility areas during frequent intervals and the caterers are experienced in preparing traditional vegetarian menu. There will be a Train Captain, a doctor, private security personnel, along with the Railway Police Force on board, it said.

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