The five special trains started by the Northern Railway since May 16 to accommodate the increased summer rush may not be proving of much help to passengers.
The trains, though started on due date, are giving a hard time to passengers as they are behind schedule by as much as 20 hours in some cases.
The five weekly special summer trains (both up and down) that began running from May 16 include Amritsar-Barauni-Amritsar (4601/4602); Ferozepur-Ambala (04642/04641), Ludhiana-Ambala Cantt (04502/04501); New Delhi-Amritsar Express (04055/04056); and Jammu Tawi-Anand Vihar(04051/04052) (three days a week- Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday).
However, the trains are not sticking to the scheduled time. Parminder Singh, a passenger from Ludhiana, who was supposed to reach Ahmedabad on Thursday, but ended up catching the train only on Friday, said, "I had to catch the Jammu-Ahmedabad train on Thursday. The train's scheduled departure time from Ludhiana is 2 pm, but it came on Friday at 10:35 am. Imagine my plight."
Other passengers standing at the station on Friday too complained about late arrival of trains.
"We are suffering from the haywire schedules of the trains. It is causing us a lot of inconvenience," said Harwinder Singh, a passenger from the city.
When contacted, station superintendent Ravinder Sharma claimed he was helpless as the trains were coming late to Ludhiana form other destinations.