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Neral - Payarmal
|• Type||Gram Panchayat|
|• Body||Neral Gram Panchayat|
|• Sarpanch||Bhagwan Chanche|
|• Up-Sarpanch||Ballal Joshi|
|Elevation||40 m (130 ft)|
|• Density||368/km2 (950/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||MH - 46|
It is best known as a railroad junction, with trains arriving from Mumbai and from Pune, India. to the nearby and very popular hill station of Matheran. A narrow-gauge rail line, 21 km long, ("toy train") runs from Neral to Matheran. Nearest major towns are Badlapur and Karjat.
The heavy rains on 26 July 2005 ruined the rail tracks and it had stopped operating,but the train has successfully started operating from 5 March 2007. The other option available to reach Matheran is to take a taxi to a certain point (called dasturi naka) just before Matheran city boundary, beyond which one may proceed only on foot or on horseback.
Neral is located at. It has an average elevation of 40 metres (131 feet).
As of 2001[update] India census, Neral had a population of 14,739. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Neral has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 64%. In Neral, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Matheran Toy Train
The world famous Neral - Matheran Toy Train departs form Neral Station.
- Neral (Approved - N) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- 2011 Census Village code = 909444, "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: List of Census Villages mapped for: Neral Gram Panchayat, Karjat, Raigad, Maharashtra". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
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