Railways Arranges 63 Lakh Berths for Festival Season
New Delhi ★ In anticipation of the festival season rush, the Railway Ministry has secured provisions for 63 lakh berths. They are set to operate about 4500 special trains, predominantly from hubs like Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi, covering many cities nationwide. Key railway stations are equipped with help booths and bolstered by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for passenger safety.
A top Railway Ministry representative revealed that a staggering 4480 festive special trains are on track. Notably, the Western Railway (Mumbai) is steering 1262 of these specials, linking passengers to several states, from Gujarat to Kerala. Meanwhile, the North Western Railway (Jaipur) has 1208 trains charted for destinations like Haryana, Delhi, and more. Cities such as Kolkata, Chennai, and Bhopal also benefit from this train augmentation.
For those with unreserved tickets, there’s clarity. Beyond the festive specials, the Railways has supercharged its capacity by affixing extra coaches to popular routes and ramping up train frequencies. More AC-3, sleeper, and general coaches are now at service. Those with unreserved tickets will be guided to specified zones to ensure station spaces remain uncluttered. Public announcements will keep them updated.
In the existing framework, 3,500 regular long-haul trains offer around 12 lakh berth-seats. Interestingly, over two lakh passengers often find themselves on waiting or RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) tickets. The influx of added coaches promises a surge in available and confirmed RAC tickets.
- The Railway Ministry prepares for the festive season with 63 lakh berths.
- About 4500 special trains are scheduled, predominantly from hubs like Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi.
- For safety, help booths and RPF personnel are stationed at key locations.
- Western Railway (Mumbai) boasts the lion’s share of special trains.
- North Western Railway (Jaipur) spans special services across multiple states.
- Regular trains see a capacity boost with added coaches.
- Specified station zones ensure unreserved ticket holders avoid congestion.
- Regular long-distance trains provide around 12 lakh berth-seats.