As per the latest reports, Indian railways has announced 392 festival special trains from today till November 30 in view of the upcoming festive season. According to the Railway Ministry statement, the railway is anticipating the rush of passengers in view of the festive season, however, these special trains will help people to commute in the festive season amid pandemic.
The statement added that these special trains will cater to passengers traveling to and from Kolkata, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, and other states due to holidays during Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Chhath Puja.
Railway Ministry took to Twitter and shared the news, the post said, ” 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.”
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.
The announcement of these special trains by the Ministry will make sure there is no rush and social distancing norms will be followed strictly.