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Maharaja Exp will travel on Konkan route

The Maharaja Express is the most expensive luxury train in the world—Photo: AFP  

The world’s most expensive luxury train, Maharaja Express, will be introduced in southern India from the monsoon season next year, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said. “There is ample scope for tourism in Goa and (the) Konkan belt. I have asked (the) Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) to introduce world’s most expensive luxury train Maharaja Express in southern India covering Goa, Maharashtra and Kerala.” he said.

He laid the foundation stone for new railway line crossing at Kharepatan in Maharashtra via video conferencing.

The minister said plans are to make sure that by next year, Maharaja Express, which has won several awards for four consecutive years as the world’s best luxury train, should make trips in Goa during the monsoon season. According to Prabhu, this will help to attract rich tourists to Goa.

“The travel by this train is very expensive and hence will attract high-end tourist and generate revenue for railway as well as (the) state,” he said, adding the train will help generate employment.

The Minister further said the Konkan Railway Corporation will have 10 more railway stations along the Goa, Konkan, Karnataka and Kerala route for which Rs. 150 crore will be alloted. “Konkan Railway is not only important for the belt, but today it serves as important lifeline to the people of Goa, Konkan, and Kerala,” Prabhu said. —PTI



Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the train will attract rich tourists, and help generate revenue



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