Spe­cial trains won’t be de­layed: Rail­ways

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Darpan Singh [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Rail­ways have promised that spe­cial trains that are an­nounced to clear the ex­tra rush dur­ing fes­ti­vals will shed the tag of 'de­lay trains'. Cur­rently ad­justed in the route charts of reg­u­lar trains, they may soon be a part of reg­u­lar op­er­a­tional sched­ules to en­sure punc­tu­al­ity.

Hin­dus­tan Times on Novem­ber 28 had car­ried a report on how mas­sive de­lays be­cause of poor mon­i­tor­ing of move­ment of spe­cial trains and a crip­pled in­quiry sys­tem left thou­sands of pas­sen­gers stranded dur­ing the fes­ti­vals re­cently.

Th­ese 'low-pri­or­ity' spe­cial trains have not been part of the Rail­ways' time ta­ble and are run mostly on ad-hoc ba­sis. Even the rail­way in­quiry sys­tem of­ten does not give cor­rect in­for­ma­tion on them. All this may change now.

"We're try­ing to pub­lish a time ta­ble for th­ese spe­cial trains, so that there is greater aware­ness among pas­sen­gers. De­spite be­ing a last-minute push, th­ese trains will run like our reg­u­lar fleet," said a se­nior North­ern Rail­way of­fi­cial.

In case of a de­lay, which al­ways has a cascading ef­fect, re­sult­ing in bunch­ing, spe­cial trains are put on the loop line for a cau­tioned run be­cause pre­mier trains can­not be held back.

"We're try­ing to pub­lish the time ta­ble be­fore Holi when the next lot of spe­cial trains is an­nounced. The idea also is to make th­ese trains part of the main time ta­ble that is re­vised in July ev­ery year. But this can be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult as an­nounce­ment of spe­cial trains is a con­tin­u­ous process and we can­not have fre­quent ad­di­tions to the time ta­ble," he said.

North­ern Rail­ways have five di­vi­sions cov­er­ing Jammu and Kash­mir, Pun­jab, Haryana, Hi­machal Pradesh, Ut­tarak­hand, Ut­tar Pradesh Delhi and Chandigarh.

"We have re­ceived com­plaints that when trains get de­layed, their re­vised sched­ule of­ten doesn't reach our in­quiry sys­tem and pas­sen­gers in turn get wrong in­for­ma­tion. We're try­ing to fix this," said an of­fi­cial.

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