To manage the heavy rush of passengers during summer months, the Northern Railways has started 22 new trains, of which at least five would halt at the Ludhiana station.
A major junction, Ludhiana station faces huge rush in summer, as it is home to a huge population from states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar that work in the city's several industrial units.
The summer special trains that will halt at Ludhiana station include Train No 04606 Amritsar-Samastipur Weekly (unreserved) special train that will depart from Amritsar at 12:35pm on every Sunday.
Besides, Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi, which is a weekly AC train, will depart from Jammu Tawi every Thursday; Anand Vihar Terminal-Udhampur Express, which will run five days a week, will depart from Anand Vihar on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Bandra (T)-Jammu Tawi Weekly Superfast Express will depart on every Monday from Bandra station; and Indore-Jammu Tavi Weekly Superfast train will depart from Indore on every Monday.
One more train Sri Ganganagar-Jammu Tawi is also expected to run as a weekly summer special.
Summer months witness a huge rush at the reservation counters as passengers scurry to get their tickets confirmed for summer holidays. The authorities said rush would double by the end of April, as passengers want to ensure a comfortable journey on reserved tickets.
RK Sharma, station superintendent, Ludhiana, said, "These summer special trains prove to be of great help for us to accommodate huge rush."
Rajiv Gupta, resident of GK Estate, who came to the reservation centre of Ludhiana station, said, "It's appreciable that railways has introduced new trains to manage the summer rush. I came to know about these trains when I came to the station."