Regular trains witness 300 waiting seats, special trains 70 pc vacant

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2018 10:30:26


Staff Reporter,

Railways announced the special trains on November 6, due to which passengers were unaware of it

WHILE regular trains in festive season are witnessing over 300 waiting in every compartment, festival special trains are witnessing vacant seats in large number. Railways has started several special trains to cope up the situation.
Habibganj-Rewa Express (12185) witnessed 302 waiting on November 5. Railways has started Habibganj-Rewa Superfast Express (02191) at the same time and same date but 70 per cent of seats are vacant. In the festive season, for the first time, 70 per cent are reported to be vacant.

According to the sources, Railways has released a schedule of running Habibganj-Rewa Special Train, hardly 20 hours before the schedule. Railways made announcement of the train on November 6, at 6 pm due to which passengers were unaware of the special train. Even in the mobile application, timings of the special trains are not seen. The train had 830 seats out of which only 200 were filled.

On other side, all trains passing through Bhopal and Habibganj station are flooded with passengers. Reservation status in most of the trains are regret. Sleeper coaches of the trains passing through Bhopal, Habibganj and Santhirdaram Nagar are witnessing 200 to 300 waiting seats in every compartment.

In general coaches, passengers are travelling in a huge number and as compare to capacity, fivefold number of people are travelling in general compartments of all trains. Trains moving towards Indore, Raipur, Jaipur, Gorakhpur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Katni and Bihar are having witnessing long waiting queues.

In order to cope up with the same, Railways announce several special trains. Train no 02189/02190 Habibganj-Rewa-Habibganj special will be running till November 11. The train will take halt at Bina, Sagar, Damoh, Katni, Satna and Rewa stations. There will be only one AC-I, two AC-11, three AC-III, 13 sleeper and 2 general coaches.

Besides, train no 07639/07640 Secundarabad-Patna-Secundarabad Jansadharan Express special train is announced during festive season. The train will also take halt at Itarsi station. Train no 07639 Secundarabad-Patna Jansadharan Special will run from November 9 to 15. The train will take halt at Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni and Satna stations. There will be 18 general and SLR coaches in the train.

Every day many people are visiting stations and portal for the reservation in trains. Trains to Pune, Mumbai, Bihar, Delhi, Raipur and other State capitals are witnessing heavy rush with about 300 waiting. Getting a confirm ticket in long distance trains has become a tiresome job. Even trains like Habibgaj-New Delhi Shatabdi, Bhopal-Lucknow Garibrath, etc having 250 to 300 seats vacant in general days, are now having long waiting in all compartments.

However, there are seats available in Humsafar Express trains, which were recently started by the Railways but their fare is much higher. Most of trains have long waiting in reservation of seats till Chhath festival. However, Railways has started several festival special trains and also attaching special coaches in trains to meet the demand of passenger. But huge rush of passengers in trains is still continuing.

According to Railway officials for Delhi route, Bhopal Express train has 108 waiting in sleeper class from November 2 to 6, AC-II having 20 to 38 waiting and AC-I having no confirm tickets. The same situation prevails in Sampark Kranti, Mangla Lakshdeep Express, Tamil Nadu and Kerala Express trains.

For Mumbai route, most of trains including Mangla Express having 40 to 80 waiting in sleeper class. For Raipur route, Samta Express train having 90 waiting till November 2 and Gondwana Express having no confirm tickets. For Pune, Goa Express train has 33 waiting in sleeper class, 40 waiting in AC coaches and the same situation prevails in Jhelum Express. However, Railways has started few Humsafar Express trains for particular routes where tickets are available. Railway Public Relation Officer (PRO) IA Siddique said, “At present, we are having huge rush in trains as people are moving towards their home town on Dussehra, Diwali and other festival. Passengers are suggested to check also weekly trains as few seats remain left from nearby stations.” He further said that in most of trains additional coaches are being attached to meet the demand of passengers. He said after Dussehra, people will be moving towards their home town and relative for Diwali celebration. From November 1 to 12, there will be huge rush in trains.

Siddique said, “Keeping view the festive season in mind there are 25 per cent additional reservation in trains. Concerned over the issue, Railway has started several special trains. For past five days, there are no vacant seats in special trains which is giving tough time to the passengers waiting to get their waiting list confirmed. Many people booked their ticket for Delhi, Mumbai and other destinations about three months back.