Unlock 4.0: Indian Railways To Start 100 More Passenger Trains With Consent Of States Shortly As Demand Grows  

by Arun Kumar Das - Sep 1, 2020 11:31 AM +05:30 IST
Unlock 4.0: Indian Railways To Start 100 More Passenger Trains With Consent Of States Shortly As Demand Grows  A Shramik Special train.  (SouthWestern Railway/@SWRRLY/Twitter)
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  • Currently, a total of 230 special trains are operational, while 120 more are being finalised to start service this month.

With the new set of guidelines for ‘Unlock 4.0’, allowing significant relaxations, Railways will press 120 more passenger-carrying trains shortly, facilitating intra-state and inter-state movement.

While about 100 trains would be announced first after getting the green signal from the Home Ministry, it would be followed by 20 more trains to augment passenger services on certain routes where trains are already operational.

Railways has almost finalised the new zero-based time table, dropping many trains and stations, with the aim to make passenger services a much faster mode of transportation.

Only those trains slated to find a place in the new time table are to be operational now, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Currently, a total of 230 special trains are operational, while 120 more are being finalised to start service this month.

So, all these 350 trains are likely to be part of the new time table, said the official.

Earlier, some states were not ready to allow more trains into their regions and that was the reason for not pressing more passenger services into operation, despite demand.

However, now, those states have agreed to more passenger services and the hence Railways would launch these trains soon.

The official said some trains have high occupancy rates and hence they were providing additional services on those routes to cater to the growing demand.

Though Railways had allowed passenger services in a limited way due to the pandemic situation, freight trains are running in full steam.

The Centre has given approval for the eventual resumption of metro services from 7 September, and the return of up to 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff to schools outside containment zones from 21 September.

In the fourth stage of the government’s phase-wise lockdown reopening, states will no longer be permitted to impose lockdowns outside containment zones without the Centre’s permission.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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