Mumbai: For the first time on 23rd December, railway authorities started a special train, No. 09009, from Mumbai Central to Mangaluru. It was the dream of Tulu Kannadigas residing in the western suburbs of Mumbai to have at least one Konkan Railway to Mangaluru.
It was the hard work of MP Gopal Shetty along with the Railway Yatri Sagha that atleast a special train on trial basis be introduced from the western side.
The train departed from Mumbai Central about 11:40 am on 23rd December and was welcomed in Borivali by MP Gopal Shetty, president of the Railway Yatri Sangha (Borivali) – Virar Shankar Shetty, president – Udaya Shetty Shimantoor, vice president – Premnath Kotian, gen. secretary – Sheela Shetty, joint secretary – Rajith Suvarna, president of Tulu Sangha Borivali – Petemane Prakash Shetty, representatives of local committee of Billawara Association (Mumbai) – Mohan B Amin, Yashwant Poojary, Sadashiv Karkera, Shivaram Salian, Karunakar Poojary, Prateek Karkera and others from various Tulu Kannada associations and also from various community organizations were present on the occasion.
The special train running from Mumbai Central, Borivali, Vasai through the Konkan route departed from Mangaluru the next day.