There is good news for the frequent travelers of Indian Railway as the Delhi Secunderabad Rajdhani Superfast Special has started its service once again. Piyush Goyal led Indian Railways has launched Rajdhani Express Superfast Special train service from 4th April, 2021. It will run between Delhi and Secunderabad on a weekly basis.
According to the Railway Ministry, the weekly Rajdhani Superfast Special train has been introduced between Delhi and Secunderabad in Telangana for the convenience of railway passengers who have suffered many disturbances due to halting of many railway routes and services after the Covid-19 outbreak.
Train Timings and Stoppage
The train 12438 Hazrat Nizamuddin Secunderabad Rajdhani Express departs from its base station Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM), Delhi at 03:55 pm and reaches the destination station Secunderabad Jn. (SC) at 02:00 pm the next day. On the return journey train 12437 Secunderabad Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express departs from its base station Secunderabad Jn. (SC) at 12:45 pm and reaches the destination station Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM), Delhi at 10:40 the next day.
Delhi to Secunderabad train travels every Sunday while the return train from Secunderabad to Delhi travels every Wednesday. This route will have stoppages at Jhansi Jn. (JHS), Bhopal Jn. (BPL), Nagpur (NGP), Balharshah (BPQ) and Kazipet Jn. (KZJ).
Recently, it was reported that over the next two months, the national transporter is likely to restore its passenger train services to pre-pandemic levels, provided that approval is given by the state governments and the pandemic is under control. These trains are also likely to be special trains only and not regular passenger services.
Currently, 66 percent of trains are operational on the Indian Railways network, albeit as special trains. The ones that are being run as special trains have marginally higher fares. Except in certain categories, they do not offer concessions and these trains operate as fully reserved train services.
Since the nationwide lockdown was declared last year in March, all regular passenger train services of Indian Railways remain suspended but since May 2020, special train services were started by the national transporter in a phased manner. As of now, 77 percent of Indian Railways’ mail, express trains are in service, 91 percent of suburban/local trains are running while only 20 percent of passenger trains are currently on tracks. The Indian Railways would like to reach the pre-pandemic level of passenger services with its special trains. However, this depends on state governments’ approval and the status of the pandemic.
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