Railways to run 40 pairs of new special trains from September 12: Chairman Railway Board

The Railways had started operating passenger trains since May after the coronavirus-induced lockdown in March this year led to a halt in operations. 

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New Delhi : The Indian Railways will deploy 80 special trains from September 12, in a bid to cater to demand which will be in addition to the 230 special trains that are currently operating, the railway ministry announced on Saturday.

The Railways will run 40 pairs of new special trains from September 12. The reservation for these will begin from September 10,” said Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav.

These trains are in addition to 230 trains already in operation, he added.

Yadav said the Railways will monitor all the trains currently in operation to determine which ones have long waiting lists.

“Wherever there is a demand, wherever the waiting list is long, we will run a clone train ahead of the actual train, so that passengers can travel,” he said.

“Work on the bullet train project is going well. The alignment and design have been cleared. Clearance has been obtained from various authorities. However, land acquisition work slowed down due to COVID-19, especially in Maharashtra,” said Yadav.

These 80 trains will be in addition to the already operational 230 trains across the country.

The Railways had started operating passenger trains since May after the coronavirus-induced lockdown in March this year led to a halt in operations.