Amid Covid surge, Railways assure to continue running trains as per demand

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New Delhi (NVI): Amid the rising Covid-19 cases and imposition of restrictions in several parts of the country, the Indian Railways today assured that it will continue to run the trains as per demand.

Currently, Railways is operating a total of 1,402 specials train services on an average per day, according to an official statement.

“Total 5381 Suburban train services and 830 Passenger train services are also operational. Apart from this, 28 special trains are being operated as clones of highly patronized trains with high patronage,” the Ministry of Railways stated.

Moreover, additional trains are being run during April-May 2021 to clear rush in Central Railway with 58 trains (29 pairs) and Western Railway with 60 trains (30 pairs).

These trains are for destinations having high demand like Gorakhpur, Patna, Darbhanga, Varanasi, Guwahati, Barauni, Prayagraj, Bokaro, Ranchi, and Lucknow, etc, the ministry added.

In addition to this, in freight transportation, Indian Railways transported the highest-ever loading of 1232.64 Million Tonnes (MT) in the financial year 2020-21.

The Freight Revenue of Indian Railways was Rs 1,17,386 Cr (approx) for the financial year 2020-21 compared to Rs 1,13,897 Cr during 2019-20, the statement further read.

Railways have also doubled the speed of freight trains to 44 kmph from 24 kmph in the previous year.

Furthermore, 450 Kisan Rail services, which were run since August 2020, transported over 1.45 lakh Tonnes of agricultural produce and perishables.