Railways to run special trains for stranded fliers
The railways have announced special trains on Friday to clear the rush of passengers following the Air India pilots’ strike. Both, Central Railway and Western Railway (WR), are running the special trains.mumbai Updated: Apr 29, 2011 01:30 IST
The railways have announced special trains on Friday to clear the rush of passengers following the Air India pilots’ strike. Both, Central Railway and Western Railway (WR), are running the special trains.
These are in addition to the summer specials that have already been introduced.
The Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Hyderabad train would leave at 8.10 pm, while the Mumbai Central-Delhi Rajdhani Express would depart at 7.45 pm.
“We would add more coaches to the trains depending upon the demand,” said Nitin David, WR public relations officer.
The strike by over 800 Air India pilots, who are demanding a change in the pay scales, entered its second day on Thursday.
The special trains would have limited halts, unlike the regular trains. These trains would also reach their destinations two to three hours earlier than regular trains.
Other railway zones are also running such trains. Northern Railway has planned services between New Delhi and Kolkata and New Delhi and Mumbai.
“These trains are in the Rajdhani class, fully air-conditioned,” a railway ministry communication said.
Bookings for these trains are available on the passenger reservation system.