Updated: September 5, 2020 7:07:42 pm
Witnessing a surge in demand, Railways has decided to run 80 more trains on various routes across India from September 12, including a Vande Bharat Express, a Shatabdi and a weekly Shramik train. The transporter will also run “clones” of trains that see heavy demand, to clear waiting lists.
“The average occupancy of the trains running right now has risen to 80-85 per cent. Some trains are running with waiting lists. So we have decided to run 80, or 40 pairs of additional trains,” VK Yadav, Chairman and CEO of Railway Board, said Saturday.
“For any train whose waiting lists are for over 10-12 days, we will run an additional ‘clone train’,” Yadav said.
The bookings for the trains will start on September 10. Most of the trains have a frequency of daily runs, while there are weekly and biweekly trains as well.
Here is the list of the new trains:
The resumed services include the two Vande Bharat Express trains from Delhi to Varanasi and a host of trains connecting states like Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, and West Bengal on key routes.
The weekly Shramik train has been rolled out between Valsad in Gujarat and Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
“Our future endeavour will be to keep monitoring the occupancy patterns of the trains, so that whenever we witness a surge in demand for a particular train leading to waiting lists, we will run a clone train there to clear the rush,” Yadav said.
“We have selected these trains keeping the prevailing demand pattern in mind. Migrant labourers and others have been travelling on these routes,” he said.
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