More than 200 farmers have formed a committee called the Malshej Railway Kruti Samiti to press for a rail link that will cut across the scenic Malshej Ghat and connect to Mumbai for the delivery of their goods in Mumbai. Pune has six local trains to Mumbai daily, besides several long distance trains that connect both the cities. But farmers in Ahmednagar, barely three hours via road from Pune, are struggling for a rail link to Mumbai. Around 200 farmers from Ahmednagar have made their way to Mantralaya in Mumbai to lobby for a train link. They started from Ahmednagar on January 12 and have been holding small public meetings along the route to Mumbai. While the demand has been there for 14 years so solution has been sought since then. He informed that the once they connect this link via rail, other parts of the state, notably Marathwada and Vidharba, will also get a direct link to Mumbai. Farmers said around 300 trucks and tempos from Ahmednagar carry vegetables and cereals daily to Mumbai. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Dhiraj Mishra for NMTV News.
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