oppening-train-4During the inauguration of train services in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan rejected Shiv Sena’s appeal asking state government to curb the influx of migrants, and said the city welcomed everyone provided they do not “encroach on the land illegally”. Rejecting Shiv Sena’s appeal of asking the state government to curb influx of migrants, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said that they welcomes one and all to the city of Mumbai provided they come legally and do not encroach on the land or build illegal structures. The chief minister said while addressing a gathering at a function to inaugurate new train services at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Chavan’s statement comes against the backdrop of Shiv Sena leader and Mumbai Mayor Shraddha Jadhav’s remarks that “the state government must take care to curb the influx of migrants.” Similarly, the chief minister said, the Mumbaikars were also free to roam anywhere in the country. On the occasion, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Duronto Express and Dadar-Varanasi Superfast Express were flagged off and services of the Nagpur-Gaya Dikshabhumi Express was extended to the Sri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur on one side and to Dhanbad on the other. The frequency of the Mumbai-Amravati Express and Pune-Patna Express was also increased. Also present during the inauguration was DCP Chaggan Bhujbal, Mayor Shraddha Jadav, Mumbai Congress President Kripshankar Singh and MP Anand Paranjpe. The Duranto will shorten the journey by an hour and 15 minute, covering the distance in 6 hours 45 minute. It will depart from Mumbai thrice a week at 11.15 pm and will be fully air conditioned. With cameraperson Kala Jadhav, Vasudha Dhumak for NMTV News.

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