The first pilgrimage train to Velankanni and Shirdi under the new scheme Mukhyamandtri Dev Darshan Yatra Yojana will leave on December 1, said Social Welfare Minister Milind Naik on Thursday.
This scheme has cooperated with Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)
Naik said the passengers should be 50 years and above and can submit their voter's ID and Aadhar card for booking.
The forms can be collected from the Collector's office and the social welfare department. The forms are also available online.
When asked how many passengers can enrol for the scheme, Arun Mishra Kumar, Secretary of Social Welfare Arun Mishra Kumar said that is no minimum number of passengers and both trains will accommodate whoever has booked the ticket. "It is first-come, first-serve basis," he said,
Pilgrims can take anyone to accompany them, but they must cover their expenses. The cost of Government will be between Rs 1 to 1.5 crore per trip both ways for a total of 1,000 passengers can accommodate in each trip.
Naik responded that the Government has already received 700 applications and money was not an issue because the administration have discussed it.
Nearly a month ago, Aam Aadmi Party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised free-of-cost pilgrimage to various religious places if his party is voted to power in Goa.