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

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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.

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