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|• Type||Municipal Council|
|• Body||Shirdi Nagar Panchayat|
|• Total||13 km2 (5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||504 m (1,654 ft)|
|• Density||2,800/km2 (7,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Shirdi pronunciation (help·info) also known as Sainagar is a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located in the Rahata taluka of Ahmednagar District. It is accessible via the Ahmednagar–Malegaon State Highway No.10, approximately 83 km (52 mi) from Ahmednagar and 15 km (9.3 mi) from Kopargaon. It is located 185 km (115 mi) east of the Western Seashore line (the Ahmednagar–Manmad road), a very busy route.
As of the 2011 India census, the population of Shirdi stood at 36,004. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Shirdi has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 62%. In Shirdi, 15% of the population is under six years of age.
The Sainagar Shirdi Railway station became operational in March 2009. As of 2011, there are trains from Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Hyderabad Mysore and other cities/states that have Shirdi railway station as their terminal stop. However very few weekly and biweekly trains are available from Shirdi station.
People use Kopargaon Railway station (18 km (11 mi) apart) to reach Shirdi. Trains which do not go to Shirdi, have halts at Kopargaon from last two decades. Trains to all over India can be taken from Kopargaon Station. Manmad is also accessible from Shirdi by 60 km (37 mi) road travel.
Shirdi Airport was inaugurated by the President of India, Ramnath Kovind, on 1 October 2017. There are major destinations from Shirdi airport, viz. the airports of Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. The airport is located at Kakdi, 14 km south-west of Shirdi. The construction, according to the original plans, was completed in February 2016, and the first trial flight landed on 2 March 2016. There are plans to lengthen the runway from 2,200 metres to 3,200 metres. The target completion date is 2017 or 2018.
Shirdi is accessible via the Ahmednagar-Manmad State Highway No.10, approximately 83 km (52 mi) from Ahmednagar and 15 km (9.3 mi) from Kopargaon. It is approximately 240 km (150 mi) from Mumbai on the Eastern Express Highway. The distance between Pune and Shirdi is about 204 km (127 mi), and travel time via car is about 3 hours 40 minutes
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