Now, keep ‘track’ of books on 2 trains

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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

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