With the aim of facilitating railway journeys and addressing the increased passenger traffic during this summer season, Indian Railways has introduced an extensive arrangement of 380 special trains, totalling an impressive 6369 trips. These trains will have 25794 General Coaches and 55243 Sleeper Coaches as per the press release.
In order to meet the increased demand during the summer season, the zonal Railways across the country have proactively geared up to run special trips. These special trains play a crucial role in ensuring connectivity from diverse states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.
The special trains primarily serve major routes such as Patna-Secunderabad, Patna-Yesvantpur, Barauni-Muzaffarpur, Delhi-Patna, New Delhi-Katra, Chandigarh-Gorakhpur, Anand Vihar-Patna, Visakhapatnam-Puri-Howrah, Mumbai-Patna, and Mumbai-Gorakhpur.
South Central Railway is to increase its services this year, offering 784 trips, which is 80 trips more than the previous year. Whereas, North Western Railway has arranged for 400 trips, and East Central Railway is running 380 trips to manage the substantial rush in the northern part of the country. Other than that, Northern Railway has also scheduled 324 trips for this year.
It is noteworthy that the number of trains and trips conducted by specific special trains may fluctuate during the summer season and are not static. The planning and execution of special trains is an ongoing process that relies on inputs obtained from various communication channels 24x7. These channels include media reports, social media platforms, the Railway Integrated helpline number 139, as well as details of waitlisted passengers in the PRS system. This collective information helps gauge the demand for trains on specific routes.
We all are aware of the fact that the railways is the most important mode of transportation in India. And with these proposed special trains, the Indian Railways hopes to tackle the extra rush of passengers during this summer season.