The Indian Railways on Friday decided to remove the ‘special’ tag from mail and express trains under pressure from passengers over the hike in fares. Along with this, with immediate effect, an order was issued to travel at the ticket prices before the corona epidemic. The Railways was running only special trains after the relaxation of the lockdown due to the Corona epidemic. It started with long distance trains and later special trains were also being run for short distance travel with higher fares so that people travel only when absolutely necessary.
The Railway Board issued a circular late on Friday evening. According to the issued circular, regular fares will be operated with new guidelines regarding types of trains and travel. With the corona epidemic under control, the ministry in Friday’s meeting decided to re-run the trains as per pre-coronavirus conditions. Ticket prices for special trains and holiday special trains are slightly higher.
About 1700 mail express trains were running before the corona epidemic
Let us inform that before the Corona epidemic, about 1700 Mail Express trains were running, but due to the epidemic, the operation of these trains had to be stopped. Indian Railways has been operating special trains with full reservation across the country since the pandemic affected the country. Passengers traveling in these special trains had to pay 30 percent more fare than normal trains.
Regular number of trains running
In view of the Corona pandemic, all regular Mail/Express trains were being operated as MSPC (Mail/Express Special) and HSP (Holiday Special) as per extant guidelines. It has now been decided that the MSPC and HSP train services included in the Working Time Table 2021 will be operated with the regular number and fares applicable for the respective classes of journey and type of train.
Increase in railway revenue
However, officials said that temporary restrictions on concessions, bed rolls and food services will remain in force in view of Corona. There has also been a considerable increase in the revenue of the Railways due to the operation of special trains without any concessions. The transporter registered a growth of 113 per cent in revenue from the passenger segment during Q2 of 2021-2022 as compared to the first.
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