Special trains fill cancelled flight void
Indian railways runs special trains to beat the rush and three more pilgrim special tourist trains are being planned. Chinese Railways has also identified two railway stations - Baiyyappanahalli (Bengaluru) and Bhubaneswar/New Bhubaneswar for undertaking
Indian Railways is running premium special trains on 21 popular routes. The following special trains have been planned to run on seven new routes - Mumbai-Chennai, Pune-Karmali, HyderabadMumbai, HyderabadBangalore, HyderabadChennai, Jaipur-Bandra Terminus and JaipurErnakulam. These additional premium special trains have been planned to meet the Christmas rush as well as to fill the void created by the recent cancellation/reduction in flights.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), operates seven pilgrim special tourist trains from October 25-December 19 and further to this, three more pilgrim special tourist trains are planned till January 12, 2015. The new pilgrim destinations covered are Bijapur, Solapur, Badami, Melmaruvathur, Vaitheeswarankoil,
The development is envisaged at no cost to Railways by leveraging land and air space in and around the stations. Train operations would remain with the railways and only identified services would be provided and managed by private agencies. Moreover, while the stations are planned to be equipped with modern facilities and amenities, these would cater to all classes of passengers.
It was announced in Railway Budget 2014-15, to develop at least 10 major stations of Metro Cities and important junctions to international standards on the lines of newly developed airports. Six sta- tions, viz., Habibganj(Bhopal), Chandigarh, Bijwasan(New Delhi), Shivaji Nagar(Pune), Anand Vihar(Delhi) and Surat are entrusted to Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd.(IRSDC). Gandhinagar station has also been taken up by Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA).
This entire information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.