2 min read.Updated: 12 Sep 2020, 09:53 AM IST Written By Staff Writer
These 80 new trains will be in addition to 230 special trains already in operation
Stoppages will be restricted and are taken into consideration after discussion with respective state governments
As previous announced, Indian Railways started running 80 new special trains today, the reservations for which opened on 10th September.
At a media briefing earlier, the railway board chairman V K Yadav said, "Eighty new special trains or 40 pair of trains will start operating from September 12. Reservations will begin from September 10."
Passengers can book tickets online via IRCTC website or mobile app.
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"Wherever there is a demand for a particular train, wherever the waiting list is long, we will run a clone train ahead of the actual train, so that passengers can travel," Yadav said.
Yadav also said the Railways will run trains whenever there is demand from states for exams or other similar purposes.The key factor in deciding the 80 new trains was the fact that there were many stations from where the migrant workers are going back to their workplace, Yadav said.
"Many of these trains are running in the reverse direction of the Shramik Special trains. So, they (people) are leaving their homes and going to their workplace.
"We are monitoring the occupancy of trains and will run more trains as per demand. Among the 230 trains, the occupancy of 12 is very less. We are running them, but will reduce the number of coaches," he said, adding that the average occupancy in the 230 trains is 80%-85%.
Indian Railways is running 30 special Rajdhani type trains started since 12.05.2020 and 200 Special Mail Express trains introduced on 01.06.2020 and 80 more trains from 12 September, 2020 (total 310 special trains).
The national transporter had suspended all passenger trains due to the imposition of a nationwide lockdown from March 25. However, it resumed services in a staggered manner, with Shramik Special trains to help stranded migrant workers reach their home states from May 1.
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