IR announces 80 more special trains, clone trains

New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) The Indian Railways on Saturday announced the launch of 80 more special trains from September 12 and the operation of clone trains or duplicate trains, as all trains have a waiting list of more than a week.

Railway Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vinod Kumar Yadav informed a virtual press conference here that 40 pairs of special trains, that is 80 trains, are being started from midnight on September 11-12. Thus, the number of special trains will be 310.

Already, 230 trains are running. He also said that the route of workers’ special trains has been taken into consideration in determining these 80 trains.

It has been seen that the migrant labourers, who had gone home due to the COVID-19 lockdown, were now returning. The new trains will make it easier for them to get back to work, added Mr Yadav.

He said the Railway Board was closely monitoring the booking situation for these trains. With a commitment to provide more convenience to the passengers, the Railways has also decided that if a train on a route has a waiting list for booking for the next seven to 10 days, the Railways will run a clone train on that route.

This duplicate train will be dispatched before the main train and it will have lesser number of stops, he added.

Asked whether the Railways was going to take the initiative to free rail traffic from the waiting list from this year, Mr Yadav said the Railways already have this commitment and has created a zero base timetable. This includes the option of running a clone train.

Special trains were running now, some of them were in high demand. Attempts would be made to keep the rail traffic free from the waiting list, after the COVID-19 outbreak.

Discussing the zero base time table, the Railway Board Chairman said that through this, the departure and arrival time of trains would be taken care of in such a way that the passengers did not reach the destination late at night or at other inconvenient time.

Trains would be run on cluster basis according to their type. Separate clusters would be formed for the operation of freight trains, he added.

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