New Delhi: The trust that runs the famous Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi in Maharashtra on Wednesday urged the Railway Ministry to provide 50 percent concession in rail fares to devotees travelling there during festival season.

They also demanded that the railway station in Shirdi be upgraded with modern amenities as thousands of pilgrims arrive there to visit the temple.

Senior trustee of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Ashok Khambekar met Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi and Minister of State K H Muniyappa and demanded that 50 percent concession in fares be given to devotees travelling to Shirdi.

In a memorandum submitted to Trivedi, he noted that Railways are providing 50 percent concession to people travelling to Sathya Sai Baba temple in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh.

"I request you to grant 50 percent concession in second or sleeper class fares to Sai devotees coming to Shirdi during Guru Purnima, Dusherra, Ramnavami, Diwali and New Year," he said.

"We suggested that the Minister make the announcement during his budget speech," he said.

The trust asked the Railway Minister that a Rail Yatri Niwas be established at Shirdi and nearby railway stations like Manmad so that devotees can have a comfortable place to stay.

"The Railway Minister asked the Railway Board to conduct a survey on the issue," he said.

Since 85 percent of the visitors to the temple come from Andhra Pradesh, Khambekar also demanded that more trains be launched from the state. He also demanded that Shirdi be connected directly with Delhi by train.