Premium Holiday Special Train with 700 passengers on board accorded warm reception at Tivim Railway Station


The  first  Holiday Special  Train from  Mumbai  to  Goa carrying 700 passengers  on board arrived  at  Tivim  railway station to a  rousing welcome by the  Goa  Tourism Department. Tourism Minister Shri. Dilip Parulekar  led  the  State  tourism ministry  in welcoming  passengers  who stepped  out  at  Tivim  KRC  Station when  the  train  conceptualized as  the  ‘Premium Holiday  Special  Train’  chugged  on  to platform  1 at 8.30 am here  on  Tuesday morning.

The  train has  seven  sleeper  coaches,   two coaches of three  tier  a/c  and  one  coach  of two tier  a/c. It also includes one pantry car and two generator cars. Passengers  who descended  at  Tivim  station  were  presented  with flowers  at  the hands of the Goa’s Tourism minister Shri. Parulekar. The Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa presented the traditional aarti and    offered sweets. A  three member  serenading  troupe  played  some  of  Goa’s  popular tunes and cheered  the  passengers  on arrival  at  Tivim station.

Deepak Narvekar PRO GDTC welcoming Passengers of the First Premium Holiday Special Train from  Mumbai  t

Tourism  minister  Shri.  Dilip   Parulekar  said, “Goa  is  privileged to host the  first  Holiday Special  Train and will  help bring tourists  to  Goa in large numbers.” He said, “I  thank the  Central  government  for  considering  Goa for  this  Special  Holiday Train and  we  hope  to have  the  frequency to  Goa    increased  in  due  course of  time.” Shri.  Parulekar also said  that  he  would be proceeding to  Delhi soon  to  meet   the  Union Tourism  minister and  the Railway minister  with  a proposal for  increasing  the   frequency of the  Special  Holiday  Train to  Goa thrice a week and  on a regular  basis  in the  New  Year.

Considering the  demand  from tourists  to  be in Goa  for  the  New  Year celebrations,  the  tourism  ministry  in Goa  is  delighted that 700 passengers have availed of this facility. It has also  expressed confidence that  the  train will help  tourists  to travel to  Goa  in style, comfort and  inexpensively.  Joseph George, GM, Business Division for the  Konkan Railways who was  present on the occasion said, “The  train is the first of  its  kind   for  Goa and  set out  from  Mumbai at 10.30 pm  on Monday. It will leave Goa for  Mumbai at 10.00 am  on January   1, 2015.”

Tourism Minister Shri. Dilip Parulekar alongwith welcomes passengers of the first Premium Holiday Sp (1)

Shri  George  said, “The  Special  Holiday  Train is one of the  newer  versions   of  LHB  coaches introduced  by  Indian Railways.” Bookings for travel on this train are  on-line only. If one recalls,   the  Goa Tourism  Development  Corporation (GTDC) and the  IRCTC  entered  into a  joint  venture  last  week  for  promotion  of the  Holiday  Special Train days  after the  Union  ministry  for  Railways  accorded  its  approval for  running  holiday  special  trains to  Goa. The joint venture includes promotion of each other’s activities, training, and packages and so on. Tourism Minister Shri. Dilip Parulekar, had signed the MoU  in this regard last week.


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