Indian Railways operate record number of additional trains in 2024

Maligaon, April 19 (MExN): To ensure the convenience of passengers and manage the anticipated surge in travel demand during summers, Indian Railways is operating a record-breaking 9111 trips of special trains during summer season. This marks a substantial rise compared to the summer of 2023, where a total of 6369 trips were offered. This translates to an increase of 2742 trips, demonstrating Indian Railways' commitment to meeting passenger demands effectively.

During this summer season, NF Railway will be operating 88 trips of additional trains to ensure smooth and comfortable travel for the passengers. The additional trains have been meticulously planned to connect key destinations across the country, ensuring seamless travel on major railway routes. All zonal railways spread across India have geared up to operate these additional trips, catering to the summer travel rush from different states. Under the jurisdiction of NFR, summer special trains are in operation from states like Assam, Tripura and part of West Bengal and Bihar to major destinations spreading all over India.

Planning and running of additional trains is a continuous process for which inputs are taken from all the communication channels 24x7 like media reports, social media platforms, Railway Integrated helpline number 139, apart from details of waitlist passengers in PRS system, to assess demand of trains on a particular route. Based on this requirement, number of trains and number of trips are augmented. Neither the number of trains nor the number of trips run by additional trains is static for the entire season.

During the summer season, availability of drinking water at Railway stations for passengers is also being ensured. Elaborate crowd control arrangements are made at all major and important railway stations. Senior officers are stationed at these stations to monitor all the activities to regulate the crowd in a systematic manner. Government Railway Police & Railway Protection Force staffs are deployed at foot-over bridges to regulate crowd smoothly in order to avoid stampede like situation during the heavy rush period, stated a press release issued by Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer, NFR.