Now, keep ‘track’ of books on 2 trains
Passengers travelling in monthly season ticket coaches of Panchavati Express and Deccan Queen can now read books and return them before alighting, for free from Monday. The state government and Railways jointly introduced ‘Library on Wheels’ in the two intercity trains, which travel between Manmad-Mumbai and Pu- ne-Mumbai daily.
October 15 is celebrated as ‘Reading Day’ to mark the birth anniversary of former President APJ Abdul Kalam. The inauguration will be held when Deccan Queen departs from Mumbai CSMT for Pune and Panchvati leaves for Manmad.
Many regular commuters travelling by Panchavati Express said they were not expecting popular fiction books to be provided, but were rather looking forward to Marathi literary works from the government library.
Priyanka Rane, another regular traveller, felt that the three-four hour journey of these trains was too short a time to finish reading a book. — Abhilash Botekar