New Delhi: Amid instances of huge rush of passengers and crowding in long distance trains, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw directed officials to work on a plan to deploy special trains to the same destinations that can run 30-40 minutes before or after scheduled departure of popular trains which have high passenger demand. Work will start soon to chalk out ‘train path’ to operate around 1,000 such trips in a year, which will have more general & sleeper coaches, sources said, reports Dipak Dash.
“These won’t be replicas of popular trains since these will have not more than two AC3 coaches.The remaining will be general and sleeper coaches. This will cater to a large section of passengers,” said a source.
Officials said running these trains with the current line capacity won’t be an issue. Currently, the railways operate around 3,000 mail and express trains daily. Vaishnaw on Thursday held a review meeting with all members and senior officials of railway board along with general managers of zonal railways and divisional railway managers on issues, including overcrowding of trains, security, safety measures for operations and punctuality of trains.

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