– “Railway cites unavailability of rakes, cancels the trains of Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana. Scheme temporarily suspended”: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
– “Will discuss this issue with IRCTC and the Railway minister, and try to resolve it soon”: Deputy Chief Minister
– 32828 elderly pilgrims from Delhi visited 10 pilgrim destinations in 34 trips since 12 July.
– The most popular destination is Rameshwaram as 7865 people (nearly 25% of the total pilgrims) visited the place in 8 trips, followed by Tirupati, Dwarkadhish, Vaishno Devi and Amritsar.
By Varun Bhardwaj:
“Since July this year, Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana has been going well with the cooperation of the Indian railways. We had undertaken an MoU with IRCTC for the same. This scheme provided the elderly people in Delhi an invaluable opportunity to go for pilgrimage with the complete financial support of the Delhi government and thereby fulfilling one of their precious dreams. We hope that this unexpected difficulty will be resolved soon”, the Deputy Chief Minister added.
The letter from IRCTC dated 10 December 2019 reads “…as advised by the Northern Railway, the proposed trains of MMTY, Delhi government scheduled from 10.12.19 onwards stand canceled for now, due to unavailability of rakes with railways”. As per the schedule planned by Delhi Government and IRCTC, 30 trains are pending between 10 December 2019 and 28 January 2020 (December – 12, and January – 18). The last train of Tirth Yatra Yojana started on 07 December 2019 to Dwarkadhish.
Delhi Government launched this unique scheme – Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana on 12 July 2019 with its first train to Amritsar. Later, the Chief Minister announced the extension of the Amritsar route to Kartarpur under the scheme.
“From July 2019 onwards, 32828 elderly pilgrims from Delhi visited 10 pilgrim destinations in 34 trips. The most popular destination is Rameshwaram as 7865 people (nearly 25% of the total pilgrims) visited the place in 8 trips. Tirupati (4923 visitors in 5 trips) Dwarkadhish (4857 visitors in 5 trips), Vaishno Devi (3911 visitors in 4 trips) and Amritsar (3845 visitors in 4 trips) are the next popular destinations respectively. Apart from these places, Tirth Yatra Yojana also covers Shirdi, Puri, Ujjain, and Ajmer. Out of 63,435 applicants, more than 50% (32828) could avail the benefits of this scheme within just five months”, said the Deputy Chief Minister.
“There are 12 trips to Rameshwaram and six trips to Dwarkadhish among the 30 trips pending. We are in touch with IRCTC and asked for time to meet Piyush Goyal, honorable Railways Minister to discuss and resolve this issue. Meantime, we’ll explore the scope of using buses for destinations of shorter distance. The details of the canceled trips will be officially communicated to the pilgrims”, the Deputy Chief Minister added.