New Delhi, May 28: In what is believed to be a milestone in the history of Central Railways, Sainnagar Shirdi railway station has now become the first station on Central Rrailway to go fully enabled for cashless digital transactions. As per a recent tweet by Central Railway’s twitter handle, the Sainnagar Shirdi railway station has been fully enabled from May 27 and will however give a major push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign.

Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station is located in the city of Shirdi, Maharashtra and comes under the Solapur division. It has been reported by inkhabar.com that all transactions including ticket bookings will be done through a cashless mode. Also, point-of-sale (POS) machines have been installed to at various at the stations to facilitate catering and parcel services.

Earlier, the station lacked proper sanitation and proper shelters but now, with constant efforts by the Indian Railways, a lot has been developed.  The railway terminus is located from about 5 km from the Holy Temple of Sai Baba Samadhi. It falls under the Central Railways which comes under the main, Indian Railways. The railway station belongs to Central Railways and Temple authority I.e The Sai Baba Sansthan Trust runs free buses from station to Temple free of cost. (ALSO READ: Tejas Express: All you need to know about Indian Railways luxurious and hi-tech passenger train)

The new railway station, Sainagar Shirdi is well connected with many direct trains to different places. The Manmad-Puntamba-Sainagar Shirdi is a broad gauge line which was electrified in 2011-12. The 17.5 km long Puntamba-Shirdi link that connects the holy city of Shirdi to the Manmad-Daund branch line was completed in 2009. The work had started in 2003 and took 6 years for completion.  Before this rail link pilgrims used to reach the town by road after alighting at Kopargaon, Nagarsol, Manmad and Nashik Road railway stations.

Earlier this week, , Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu advocated a major push for complete digitalisation of the Indian Railways and said the move could prove to be a game changer as it would result in saving billions of dollars. “We are working on an integrated, comprehensive strategy to leverage information technology for improvements in systems and processes, and to enhance efficiency,” Prabhu  was quoted saying by IANS at a conference on “Building Digital Railway for Digital India”. The Minister further added saying that a holistic approach for digitalisation of the Railways in partnership with the IT industry would benefit both the Railways as well as the vendors who partner with it in different spheres.