Nearly 53 trains travel to Konkan daily, but just seven pairs of superfast trains dedicatedly service the Mumbai-Goa sector. Few of the popular trains are booked to capacity and waiting lists in both AC and sleeper coaches have touched a jaw-dropping 400 for the weekend.
“Travellers to Goa and Konkan often prefer late-night trains. But there are few options while other trains passing the stretch have limited seats for Madgaon,” says a railway officer from Thane.
As trains are booked in advance, last-minute travellers look at airways and buses, and operators make a killing.
Operators running bus services to Goa say fares have now risen to Rs 1,800-2,600 from the earlier Rs 1,200-1,500.
Railway authorities said they were running few special trains during the weekend. “We are running Holi special trains on Konkan Railway route in co-ordination with Central Railway. Passengers may avail of these services and details can be sought from the nearest railway station,” said a senior officer from Konkan Railway.