80 new special trains to start from Sept 12; bookings from Sept 10: Railways

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New Delhi (NVI): Indian Railways will start running 80 new special passenger trains from September 12. Reservation for these trains will begin from September 10, Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman of Railway Board said.

These 80 new trains will be in addition to 230 special trains already in operation, said Yadav while addressing a press conference, who was recently appointed as Indian Railways’ first CEO.

“We will run trains whenever there is request from state governments for exams and other such purposes,” said Yadav. “We will monitor special trains; wherever there is demand for a train or waiting list is long, we will run a clone train.”

Days after the Centre announced the guidelines for Unlock 4, Indian Railways said it was planning to run more special trains and the state governments are being consulted on this.

The Railways started to operate the Shramik Special trains from May 1 to help migrant workers, students, pilgrims and tourists stranded across the country amid lockdown. It also began operations of 15 pairs of Special Air Conditioned trains from May 12 and 100 pairs of scheduled trains from June 1.

The Indian Railways had suspended passenger, mail and express train services from March 25 in the wake of the nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

-CHK