Coronavirus: Railways to run 80 new special trains from September 12

80 special trains from September 12

Yadav said the Railways will be monitoring all the trains that are now in operation to determine which trains have long waiting list. Observing the demand, the Railway Board chose to increase the number of special trains considering the possibility of a large number of passengers.

Reservations for these trains will start from September 10.

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.

The concept of clone trains is being introduced as an experiment by Indian Railways.

After a long wait, the Railway department has made a decision to run 80 special trains (40 pairs) on various routes in the country, from September 12, 2020, and the reservations for the same will start from September 10, 2020.

Yadav said the Railways will be monitoring all the trains that are now in operation to determine which trains have a long waiting list. "We have selected these trains keeping the prevailing demand pattern in mind".

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To accommodate waitlisted passengers, Indian Railways plan to start running "clone trains", which would be trains that will run on those routes where trains have waitlisted tickets for a week or ten days.

Here's the complete list of trains that will be in operation from next Saturday.

Yadav said while the average occupancy for the existing 230 special trains was around 75% on an average, it has now increased to over 80%. "This will run in addition to the 230 trains already in operation", the Railway Board Chairman said.

"Many of these trains are running in the reverse direction of the Shramik Special trains".

Yadav said that railways will also run special trains on requests from state governments for exams and any other purposes.

Yadav also said that an immediate action for removing garbage along tracks has been taken jointly by the Delhi government and the Railways in line with the Supreme Court order.

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