Another 39 pairs of special trains
Announcement, the fate of Bengal is four
Divyendu Biswas, New Delhi: The Railway Board has announced 39 more pairs of special trains. Among these, four trains have joined the fortunes of Bengal — Santragachhi-Chennai AC Express, Howrah-Jashwantpur AC Express, Howrah-Pune AC Duronto and Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express. The Santragachi-Chennai AC Express will run two days a week. Howrah-Yashwantpur AC Express will be run weekly. Howrah-Pune AC will run twice a week .
The Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express will run on all other days of the week except Sunday. In the guidelines issued, Railway Board Deputy Director (Coaching) Vivek Kumar Sinha directed the general managers of each zone to fix the dates of running of these trains as soon as possible. It is believed that these 39 pairs of trains will run long before Pujo.
The list of additional special trains also includes four pairs of double decker trains. According to Rail, these 39 pairs of trains are not included in the proposed festival special train. The list of passenger special trains that will run during the festive season will be announced soon. According to the railways, Shatabdi and Duronto Express will run as special passenger trains from now on.
According to official sources, 39 pairs of trains have bee n announced after examining the passenger demand of different routes. Although these are regular trains, they will run as special for the time being.
On the other hand, the IRCTC-operated ‘private’ Tejas train will resume operations from October 16 after being closed for about seven months for Corona. Rail has issued a set of guidelines for that train. Most importantly, passengers will get a Covid Protection Kit as soon as they board the ‘private’ train.
It will include a bottle of hand sanitizer, mask, face shield and a pair of gloves. Special measures taken to maintain certain distance rules in order to prevent corona. One seat will left vacant in the ‘private’ train in phases.
In other words, there will be no booking for that seat. Passengers will not be able to change seats under any circumstances. This w as informed by the Ministry of Railways on Wednesday.
The ‘private’ Tejas will run on the Lucknow-New Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes. The guidelines state that the use of face masks or shields and healing bridge apps bein made mandatory for passengers on these trains. Passengers will thermally screened as well as luggage disinfected before boarding the train.
Siddharth Singh, Public Relations Officer, IRCTC, said, “The Covid-19 protection kit provided free of cost to passengers. The food on the train will be the same as it was in the pre-Corona period. ‘ The price will included in the ticket.