New Delhi : Railways will operate 392 festival special trains between today and November 30 in view of the upcoming festive season. The Railway Ministry said in a statement that the railway is anticipating the rush of passengers in view of the festive season, keeping this in mind, it has been decided.
The statement said that special trains will be running to other destinations including Kolkata, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow to cater to the increasing demand of travelers due to holidays during Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Chhath Puja.
According to Western Railway, out of these 392 special trains, five pairs will run from Bandra Terminus, two each from Indore and Udhna. At the same time, one pair each will run from Okha, Porbandar and Gandhidham stations. According to Railways, all these trains will be reserved.
Booking can be done by this date
Special fare of all these special trains will be charged by the Railways. If you also want to travel, then keep in mind that it can be booked only between 20 October i.e. from today to 22 October. However, it will be mandatory to follow all safety rules during the journey.
To clear the festive rush, Ministry of Railways has approved 196 pairs (392 trains) of “Festival Special” services over Indian Railways to be operated from 20th October 2020 and 30th November 2020.
Zonal Railways will notify their schedule in advance.https://t.co/KaPpD36NtF pic.twitter.com/XlsvHgdGk0
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) October 13, 2020
So far, the railways have deployed more than 300 mail / express trains which are now running regularly across the country. Officials said that these special trains will run till 30 November.
These festival special trains will run at a speed of 55 km per hour and the fare of special trains will apply to them. Railways have postponed their regular service due to the Coronavirus epidemic and are operating trains according to demand and requirement.