The Duronto between Chandigarh and Amritsar has failed to pick up with the occupancy of the train not exceeding 35 to 40 per cent. The train that was launched in August,2011 has not attracted many passengers and commuters are demanding additional stops for the train in Ludhiana and Jalandhar.
The lack of popularity of the train is visible from the fact that most of the seats in the train for the next few days are vacant. The train was started with a capacity of 145 seats in two AC coaches and 1,251 in 12 non-AC coaches. Due to low reservations,one AC coach and five non-AC coaches were removed.
With the railway budget to be announced on March 14,commuters are hopeful that their demand for more stoppages will be agreed to. The frequent commuters opine that if the train is allowed to have more stops,then the number of passengers would increase. It is being stated that since Duronto is a point-to-point train,the name of the train can be changed to introduce additional stops.
The train takes four hours and 15 minutes to complete its journey. While the commuters from Amritsar reach Chandigarh at 9.30 am,those from Chandigarh reach Amritsar at 11.15 pm. Passengers rue that reaching Amritsar at this hour is not suitable and should be changed.
City residents are also hopeful of an announcement for a afternoon Shatabdi or Duronto to New Delhi. The Kalka Shatabdi to Delhi is overbooked most of the times and demand has been raised to introduce an additional train.