Starting October 15,four special trains will make 34 trips from Chandigarh to three destinations to cater to the festival rush. The last of these trips will be made on December 1.
On October 15,a special train between Chandigarh and Varanasi will make its third and final trip. However,another special train from Chandigarh to Varanasi,a tri-weekly,will be making 19 more trips between October 17 and November 28. These trains to Varanasi will cover a distance of 951 km in around 19 hours.
Starting October 18,a special weekly train from Chandigarh to Indore will make seven trips till November 29. Halting at 10 stations en route,this train will cover a distance of 1,098 km in around 22 hours.
Another special weekly train to Dibrugarh will make seven trips between October 20 and December 1.
Anticipating a huge festival rush,the Ambala Division of Northern Railways also plans to augment its capacity by adding extra coaches to the seven existing trains.
We have introduced these new trains and have added coaches to the existing trains to ensure that maximum people who want to travel get berths. This is to ensure hassle-free and safe journey for commuters, said Ambala Divisions Divisional Railways Manager A K Kathpal.
These special trains are drawing a good response. I have to go to my home which is in Mirzapur. I could not find any ticket in any regular train. But then I found this special train to Varanasi and I have got a ticket for it, said Vikas Shukla,a student at Panjab University,who had come to catch the train at the railway station.