Railways to run 392 festival special train services during 20 Oct-30 Nov1 min read . Updated: 13 Oct 2020, 11:07 PM IST
- The fare of these trains will be 1.3 times the normal fare, as per railway ministry norms
- These are temporary trains and the services will be discontinued after November 30
The fare of these trains will be 1.3 times of the normal fare, as per railway ministry norms, an official spokesperson said. “This is not the first time that Indian Railways will introduce special trains during the festive season. Fares for such trains are 1.3 times (on an average) of the normal fare (in line with a circular issued in 2015). But these are temporary trains and the services will be discontinued after November 30," the spokesperson said.
According to the 2015 circular, the fare structure of these trains will be on the pattern of express trains. “In addition to the fare, special charges will be realized, which will be fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10% of basic fare for second class and 30% of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum," the 2015 circular said.
The trains will have to be operated at a minimum speed of 55 km per hour so that they are able to offer superfast services. “Zonal railways should make more efforts to operate these services with more number of AC three tier coaches in good condition," according to a railway ministry circular released on Tuesday.
Currently, the national transporter is running more than 600 trains across the country. Train services are yet to resume in full swing due to the covid-19 crisis. Earlier this month, railway board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said that Indian Railways plans to run more than 200 trains during the festive season.