These 40 clone trains will be in addition to the 310 special trains that are already on track since the COVID-19 lockdown was partially lifted.
Rail News: IRCTC Special Clone Trains: The Indian Railways announced on September 15 that seeing the huge waiting list for travel on specific routes, Railway Ministry has decided to run 20 pairs (40 trains) of Special Clone trains from September 21. “The Advanced Reservation Period (ARP) for these 20 pair clone trains will be ten days”, Ministry of Railways said that.
The ticket price of these 19 pair of clone trains will be the same as Humsafar Express trains. And the fare for a couple of the train, Lucknow-Delhi route clone train will be at par with the Janshatabdi Express. Indian Railways will run clone trains on the specific routes with large waitlisted tickets or with high demand.
IRCTC Special Trains: Full list of 20 Pairs of Clone Trains
The release further stated that these clone trains would be fully AC with reserved seats and run on scheduled timings. Moreover, the stoppages for these trains will be limited to the operational halts only. Also, the railway board said it would pay heed to the suggestions of state governments while restricting the halts. These 3 AC clone trains will have higher operating speed than the existing special trains.
Full list of 40 special clone trains that will be run by Indian Railways to cater to passenger demands:
Such clone trains have not been run by the Indian Railways previously. Due to the imposition of a lockdown in India from March 25, railways had suspended all passenger trains services. After the coronavirus lockdown in India was partially lifted, the Indian Railways began running 15 pairs of AC Shramik special trains in May, followed by an additional 100 pairs of special trains in June. However, it resumed works in a staggered way, to help stranded migrant workers reach their home states with Shramik Special trains from May 1.
Another 80 special trains began operating from September 12, taking the total number of currently operational special trains to 310. With the addition of these 20 pairs of clone trains, the Railways will take another major step towards returning to pre-COVID levels. With the country entering into Unlock 4, Indian Railways will assist in a reverse migration of workers to urban areas for work.
Ticket Price of 20 Pairs of Clone Trains
According to the Ministry of Railways, 19 pairs of special clone trains will be operated by utilizing Indian Railways’ Humsafar rakes. At the same time, one pair of clone train, Lucknow – Delhi Special Clone train 04251/04252 service will be operated as Jan Shatabdi Express.
- The train fare of Humsafar train will be charged as per the price of Humsafar trains.
- While for the Jan Shatabdi train, the ticket price will be charged from passengers as per the fare of Jan Shatabdi Express.
These clone trains will run on high-demand routes for waitlisted passengers. The proposed step will not only ensure the availability of on-demand trains but also help the railways enhance revenues at a time when the passenger segment earnings declined due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the government said earlier.
IRCTC 40 Clone Special Trains Route
Most of these clone trains will be running for Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand. Three zones will run ten special clone trains each.
Here are the details of 20 pairs of clone trains route:
- East Central Railways: 5 Pairs Clone Special Trains List
East Central Railways (ECR) has been allotted 5 pairs of clone trains to be operated between Bihar and Delhi. The originating and terminating stations of these trains will be in Bihar’s Rajendra Nagar, Saharsa, Rajgir, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.
- Western Railways: 5 Pairs Clone Special Trains List
Furthermore, the Western Railway will run ten trains (5 pairs) between Bihar (Darbhanga)-Gujarat(Ahmedabad), Delhi-Gujarat, Mumbai-Punjab, Bihar (Chhapra) to Gujarat (Surat), Gujarat (Ahmedabad)-Bihar (Patna), and vice versa.
- Northern Railways: 5 Pairs Clone Special Trains List
The Northern Railway will also run ten trains (5 pairs) that will operate between Delhi and Bihar, Uttar Pradesh to Delhi, West Bengal to Delhi, Punjab to West Bengal among others.
- South Western Railways: 3 Pairs Clone Special Trains List
The South Western Railway will operate another six trains (3 pairs) between Goa and Delhi, Karnataka-Bihar and Karnataka-Delhi and vice versa.
- Northeast Frontier Railways: 1 Pair Clone Special Trains List
The two trains’ services under the Northeast Frontier Railway will also be from Bihar. These will be operated between Katihar to Delhi, and Delhi to Katihar.
- South Central Railways: 1 Pair Clone Special Trains List
The South Central Railway will operate 2 trains between Danapur to Secunderabad and Secunderabad to Danapur with train numbers 12787 and 12788. These are to be run daily with stoppages at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Prayagraj, Katni, and Jabalpur, Balarshah, Nagpur, Itarsi, junction.
While the 19 pairs of Humsafar Express clone trains will be of 18 coaches, the Lucknow-Delhi Jan Shatabdi Express clone train will have 22 coaches, the Ministry said.
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