The railway ministry is likely to announce a fully air-conditioned double-decker train between Indore and Surat in the next Railway Budget.
"The Railway Board has taken a decision to stop Indore-Bhopal double-decker train, which is running in losses, and instead run Indore-Surat train via Ratlam," sources in the Western Railway said. The train is scheduled to run via Fatehabad, Ratlam, Dahod and Vadodara. The train will depart from Indore early in the morning and return by the same night.
In August, railways had ordered a feasibility study for running the fully air-conditioned train between Indore and Surat. The double-decker train, which currently runs between Indore and Bhopal and is incurring huge losses, was to be discontinued from August 13, but was extended after Indore member of Parliament Sumitra Mahajan intervened and asked the railway ministry to explore alternative routes.
Experts say that running the train on Indore-Vadodara-Surat route would generate good revenue as businessmen frequently travel between the two cities. Currently, the double-decker train operates with only three passenger coaches because of poor occupancy.
Quick facts: Indore-Bhopal double-decker train
Launch date: September 27, 2013
Coaches at the time of launch: 11
Current number of coaches: 3
Estimated loss: Over Rs 20,000 per run