Indian Railways Will Start 120 Special Trains Under Unlock 4.0; Expected Routes?
With the official roll-out of Unlock 4.0, starting from September 1, there have been several relaxations to the phase-wise opening of the nationwide lockdown, implied due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We have covered a detailed article covering all such relaxations that come with the 4th phase of Unlock, you can check it out here.
Starting Unlock 4.0, the Ministry of Railways on Tuesday announced to add around 100 new passenger trains in this phase, to further facilitate travel options across the country.
Once, the Ministry of Railways is done seeking permission from the Home Ministry regarding this, it shall launch the same.
Railways to Start 100 Special Trains, followed by 20 More
As reported by the MoR, it will add about 100 new trains, which would not just cover the inter-state but also intra-state routes, resuming better connection throughout the country.
These 100 trains would be designated as ‘special trains’, once the proposal gets an affirmation from the Home Ministry.
The Railways Ministry also informed that once it is done starting 100 new trains, it will also be adding 20 more trains to reduce the load on already operational train routes.
For finalising the routes, Indian Railways is in touch with different State Governments.
Railways to Open Steadily as Well
As mentioned, Unlock 4.0 brings about several relaxations across the country.
In fact, it will also oversee the resumption of Delhi metro rail services from September 7, in a calibrated manner.
Currently, the Indian Railways is operating 230 special trains, which will continue their operation even with the addition of new trains.
After the lockdown got relaxed, 30 Rajdhani-type trains were started and 200 more trains were added since June 1.
To give you a brief number, Indian Railways operated a total of 4,165 Shramik Special trains from May 1 to July 9, transporting over 63 lakh migrant workers and people stranded in cities to their home cities amid the pandemic period.