New Delhi: In anticipation of expected passenger growth during the ongoing festive season in India, the Indian Railways has planned to introduce several special trains on Sunday, October 10. These special trains running from October 10 to November 21 are being started. In anticipation of increased demand for travelers during the upcoming holiday season of Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali, and Chhath Puja – holidays that result in increased demand for travelers generally from the eastern part of the country.
During this time, Indian Railways is reputed to run around 5,000 festival special trains every year. However, the current coronavirus pandemic has complicated matters; While passenger demand remains relatively unchanged, railway officials are forced to operate at significantly lower operating capacity due to COVID-19 related regulations.
Northern Railway on Wednesday said on Twitter that it will start several festival station trains “to clear the extra rush of people during the coming festive season”. Following are the specifications:
On the other hand, Western Railway, South Central Railway and South Eastern Railway gave the information through their official Twitter accounts. Howrah-Puri Special, which departs Howrah at 8:35 pm every Saturday, and Hatia-Durg Special, which departs Hatia at 8:05 pm every Tuesday and Thursday, are among the new festive trains. Also read: OnePlus 9RT features will be similar to OnePlus 9, 9 Pro. details here
According to sources citing railway officials familiar with the situation, Southern Railway is also starting special train services; The Tambaram-Nagarcoil Superfast Special, for which the advanced reservation started from October 7, will also run at a special price. Meanwhile, in view of the Dussehra season, Western Railway has announced the expansion of five pairs of festive special trains.
In a similar development, the Railway Board has decided to keep its current coronavirus disease (Covid-19) recommendations with effect for the next six months. The board said in the new rule that anyone breaking the mask requirement while traveling in or on the railway premises can face a fine of up to Rs 500. “All passengers will have to wear face cover/mask at entry and during the journey,” the Railways instructed in their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for train operations. The fine for violating the mask mandate was supposed to last until September, but has now been extended for another six months. aAlso read: Petrol, diesel prices today, October 10, 2021: Fuel prices hiked for the sixth time in a row, check rates in your city
In April, the Indian Railways for the first time announced a fine of Rs 500 for violating the mask mandate due to the second wave of Covid-19, when the country was reporting more than 200,000 new infections each day.