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Youths shying away from low-cost Yuva trains

Youths are shying away from low-cost Yuva trains if Railway occupancy figures are any indication.



New Delhi: Youths are shying away from
low-cost Yuva trains if Railway occupancy figures are any
indication.

Five months after its launch, the low-cost air
conditioned Yuva trains have few takers.

Despite the concessions available to unemployed youth
and poor, only 118 boarded the Howrah-bound Yuva train against
the total 3,774 seats available during its total 5 trips in
January, according to the railway occupation chart.

In contrast in the general category, 1,649 passengers
boarded the Howrah Yuva train against 2,244 seats available in
January.

The weekly Yuva trains - Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi and
Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi - meant for unemployed youth and
economically poor sections became operational in January.

Though the passenger trains in these two sectors are
witnessing a heavy rush, the passenger occupancy rate in low-
fare AC Yuva trains with seated accommodation is not very
promising.

The ridership did not pick up in February and only
1,993 youth and general passengers travelled against the
available 4,488 seats during its total four trips.

Yuva train made four trips in March and 2,072 youth and
general passengers boarded the train as against 4,488
allocated seats.

Persons in the age group of 18-45 years, who are either
unemployed or from low income groups, are eligible to avail
the facility in Yuva trains.

As per the fares, railways have kept it at Rs 299 up
to Rs 1,500 km and Rs 399 upto 2,500 km for Yuva trains.

April witnessed a marginal increase with 2,708 youth
and general passengers travelling as against 4,488 available
seats in the Howrah Yuva train during its four trips.

The Howrah-bound Yuva train leaves every Sunday from
New Delhi station. The train leaves Howrah every Thursday for
Delhi.

The train made three trips to Howrah upto May 20 and
2,268 youth and passengers booked their tickets in it as
against 3366 available seats, according to the data.

The Nizamuddin-Bandra Yuva train also has an abysmal
occupation rate in January. Only 64 youth boarded the train
against the allocated quota of 1,530 seats during the total
three trips in the first month.

PTI

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