VVIP quota in Bihar-bound trains reduced by Railways
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 12:13
New Delhi: After the exit of Lalu Prasad from the Railway Ministry, there has been a drastic cut in the VVIP reservation quota in Bihar-bound trains.

The Ministry, now taken over by Mamata Banerjee, has reduced sleeper class emergency quota in 11 trains that include the popular Sampark Kranti Express and Gorakhdham Express.

The quota has been reduced to 24 from 60 in the New Delhi -Patna Sampoorn Kranti Express and the New Delhi-Muzaffarpur Express.

A passenger, who has a 'waiting list' ticket, can be accommodated in a train through the release of the emergency quota.

The data regarding reduction of emergency quota in Bihar-bound trains has come to light in response to an RTI query by activist Subhash Chandra Aggarwal.

Apart from Patna-bound trains, emergency quota has been reduced in express trains going to Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Rajgiri and Barauni in Bihar.

The quota has been reduced to 30 from 52 in the New Delhi-Darbhanga Sampark Kranti Express and it has been cut to 24 from 40 in another Darbhanga bound train during the Mamata regime.

The popular Rajgiri-bound Shramjeevi Express, which had 40 emergency seats for VVIPs earlier, now has 24 berths.

In the New Delhi-Barauni Express, emergency quota has been slashed to 24 from 42 while Bhagalpur-bound Vikramshila Express has now 24 seats as against 40 earmarked earlier for VVIPs.

Lalu's departure from the ministry has also affected the Gorakhdham Express, the emergency quota berths of which has been reduced to 24 from 30.

However, according to RTI reply, Railway Ministry has not increased the VVIP quota in West Bengal-bound trains during the period.


First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 12:13

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