The 1603 Nagarsol-Aurangabad-Chennai Express on Monday arrived late at the Aurangabad station on its maiden run. It was scheduled to arrive at 9.40 am, but arrived two hours late at 11.30 am in the city. On its return journey to Chennai, the train arrived at 3.45 pm at the Aurangabad station, an hour behind its scheduled arrival at 2.45 pm. Mayor Kala Ojha flagged off the train at the time of its departure. The locomotive driver of the train said the express got delayed as it was welcomed at all important stations on its first run.
In all, 20 coaches were attached to the train on its first day carrying merely 100 passengers on its arrival from Chennai while returning to Chennai, the express had 70 reservations from Aurangabad to Chennai. Over 100 passengers were travelling to Chennai. Freedom fighter Tarabai Ladha, who was among people who made efforts to start the train, said, "I am happy that the train has finally arrived. Youngsters should also actively participate in such efforts." Omprakash Verma of Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti said, "This is a big relief for the people of Marathwada, who want to travel to Chennai. A train to Bangalore should be started soon."
The South Central Railway should think of new trains to Bikaner, Delhi, Jaipur, Goa and Kolkata during vacations. Both Verma and Lodha thanked the media for their coverage.Bhagyam Vishwanathan, Jayanti Shankarnarayan, Medul Raman and Ravi Raman, Laxman Iyer, P K Vishwnathan along with Sridhar, Mansukh Zambad, Mrs P Parimala, Indira Anant Rao and Sheshadari, Shankarnarayan Krishna Murthi, K Rangarajan, Kumar Guru and other members of Saptaswara Cultural Association were present. The express will run on a weekly basis between Chennai and Nagarsol via Aurangabad. It will leave Chennai on every Sunday at 9.15 am and reach Nagarsol at 11.55 am the next day. The express will leave Nagarsol every Monday at 1 pm and will reach Chennai at 4 pm the next day. News-LT