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- Proposal to run clone trains in railway routes where traffic is high
- Disposable sheets, blankets and pillows will continue to be found in AC coaches
Indian Railways has decided to run 80 new trains on 12 September. Ticket booking for this will start from 10 September. At present, 230 trains are running regularly, a total of 310 trains will be back on track if new trains are included in them.
It is certain that the railway is not going to return to the position before Kovid-19 very soon. The good thing in such a situation is that the demand of the railway has increased in the recent past. Railway Board Chairman and CEO VK Yadav said that the average occupancy has increased to 80-85%. For this reason, it is proposed to run a 'clone' train on the route that has a waiting period of 10-12 days, so that the waiting list can be cleared.
How many trains have the Railways run till now?
- Indian Railways started Limited Passenger Service on 12 May. There were 15 pairs of special trains running from Delhi. After this, the railways operated 100 pairs of trains from different parts of the country from 1 June. This included 17 Jan Shatabdi, 5 Duronto and many traditionally popular mail or express trains.
- Weekly Shramik Special trains are also running from Maharashtra and Gujarat. Trains had 70 percent occupancy in May-June, which has risen to 85 percent in August. Due to the festive season, the demand was increasing, due to which 40 pairs have decided to run new trains.
Which routes will the new trains run?
- The 40 pairs of new special trains that have been running since September 12 include the Vande Bharat Express, a Shatabdi. Booking of tickets for these trains will start from 10 September.
- It will run the Vande Bharat Express from Delhi to Varanasi. Similarly, new trains will run on the main routes of Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Delhi, Andhra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam and West Bengal.
What is the option to close the sheets, pillows?
- Since the special trains started in May, the railways have stopped giving pillows, blankets, sheets and hand towels to the passengers. Instead, travelers have the opportunity to buy disposable blankets, pillows and sheets at cheaper rates. For this, 50 vendors have set up shops at stations across the country.
- Currently, the railways have sets of 18 lakh sheets. Each set costs 40–50 rupees to wash. The sheets wash every time after use, while the blanket washes once a month. It is also used for at least 48 months.
What about eating in a long distance train?
- Railways have also limited operations in pantry cars for long distance trains. Packed and ready-to-eat food items are being served. This series will continue even further. Some railway divisions have even started talking to packaged food manufacturers and suppliers for a long period.
What will be special in special post-coach coach?
- Special post-Kovid coaches will also come on the tracks soon for passenger safety. It will have hands-free facilities and a plasma air purification system. North Central Railway has also implemented QR code-based contactless ticket checking system.
- There is an effort to minimize the human-to-human contact. Hands-free facilities are being provided, such as foot-operated water tap, soap dispenser, flush valve and toilet door. Considering the anti-microbial properties of copper, railways have decided to install copper-coated handles and latches. Railways said that when the virus arrives on copper, it destroys the DNA and RNA of the virus.
Will the timetable also change?
- Looking at the Kovid-19, the railways have got an over-hall in the entire system. 500 regular trains have been discontinued. 10 thousand stops have also become useless. The journey will start as per the requirement in New Normal. Projection by the Railway Ministry states that trains that have less than 50 percent occupancy for a year will not have a place in the network.
- Some trains will be merged with popular trains if needed. Similarly, long distance trains will also have no stops at 200 km from each other. Provided there are no major cities on the way. The new timetable will allow 15 percent additional freight trains with high speed on the Exclusive Corridor. There are plans to increase the average speed of passenger trains by 10 percent across the network.