India’s First private train flagged off from Coimbatore: India’s first private train, under the Bharat Gaurav Scheme, started its maiden service from Coimbatore North Station of Tamil Nadu to Sainagar Shirdi of Maharashtra, on June 14, at 6 pm. This train reached Shirdi on June 16 at 07.25 am and returned to Coimbatore on June 19. Click here to join whatsapp/telegram study group →
This private train is being operated by a firm named South Star Rail. 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 a traditional vegetarian menu. Download Last 1 year current affairs PDF.
Train Ticket Fare
The fares to utilise this train come at two different rates. Tourists can opt for either train ticket fare or package.
- Sleeper – Rs.2500
- Third AC – Rs.5000
- Second AC – Rs.7000
- First AC – Rs.10,000
The package fare is about Rs 4,999, Rs 7,999, Rs 9,999 and Rs 12,999 respectively. Tourists who opt for the package fare can utilise offers like transportation from Coimbatore to Shirdi and back, VIP darshan, bus arrangement, air-conditioned accommodation for three members, facilitation by the tour guide, and travel insurance.
There will be a Train Captain, a doctor, private security personnel, along with the Railway Police Force on board. Electricians, AC mechanics and fire and safety officers are also deployed onboard.
The smoke-free coaches have high bass speakers and a Radio Jockey on board to play devotional songs, spiritual stories, and live interviews.
South Star Rail
South Star Rail is a Coimbatore-based registered service provider and a part of the Future Gaming & Hotel Services Pvt. Limited. This company had earlier been known as Martin Lottery Agencies Limited.
This train service is registered under M and C Property Private Limited, a different entity and South Star Rail is not run by Future Gaming and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd.
This train will stop at Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Yelahanka, Dharmavaram, Mantralayam and Wadi. Onwards to Shirdi, train will stop at Mantralayam for five hours long, to facilitate the darshan of the famous temple in the town.
Bharat Gaurav scheme
The Bharat Gaurav scheme was launched by the Indian Railways in November 2021 and it aims to let the people from India and foreign countries explore India’s rich cultural heritage and historical places. As per the Bharat Gaurav scheme of the Union government, private players can lease trains for two years from the Indian Railways for a theme-based tourism circuit and the routes of the trains can be decided by the operators.
South Star Rail has paid Rs. 1 crore as the security deposit to Southern Railways for the rake with a composition of 20 coaches. It has one 1A coach, three 2A coaches, eight 3A coaches, and five Sleeper coaches, two luggage-cum-brake cars with one pantry car.