Hyderabad: A majority of the seats in the special trains announced from June 1 from Hyderabad and Secunderabad railway stations have already been booked.
The Ministry of Railways, which decided to run 100 pairs of special trains on specific routes across the country, had allotted nine pairs of special trains for the South Central Railway (SCR). The trains earmarked for the zone include three from Hyderabad Railway Station and four from Secunderabad. The remaining two are from Nanded and Tirupati.
In trains such as Train No.02728 Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam special, Train No.02723 Hyderabad-New Delhi special and Train No.02702 Hyderabad-Mumbai CSMT special, all tickets in AC and Non AC have been booked one week prior to the operations commencing.
Booking for seats in these trains began on May 21 on IRCTC, the e-ticketing platform, and reservation counters. As soon as they were made available online, tickets till June 22 were sold out within hours. This time, the railways made even second class tickets available online to permit maximum of 90 passengers in a coach.
Unlike in Shramik special trains, where only 40 to 50 migrant workers have been allowed to travel in sleeper class coaches, these special trains allows passengers to book all 72 berths in coaches.
According to South Central Railway (SCR) officials, there will be no unreserved coach in the train. “Special trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and non-AC classes. No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains,” said an official. All the special trains will include 24 coaches and have regular timings and stoppages. No blankets will be provided to passengers in AC coaches and only limited food will be available in trains. Passengers have been advised to carry their own food.
“We are planning to halt special trains on Platform 1 and Platform 10 of Secunderabad station to avoid passengers using lifts and escalators. Take-away will be available here along with water bottles and snacks,” officials said.
On precautionary measures, SCR officials said physical distance should be maintained compulsorily apart from wearing masks and undergoing thermal scanning. Prior to commencement of train operations, all the coaches will be sanitised and sanitisers will be kept at wash basins, officials added.
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