AI strike: Railways run special trains

New Delhi: In view of the Air India pilots' strike, the Railway Ministry on Thursday decided to run special trains on important sectors to clear extra rush of passengers.

While two special trains to Kolkata and Mumbai from here were run on Thursday, another special train from Mumbai to Hyderabad would run tomorrow.

"These trains are Rajdhani-type fully air-conditioned trains and will have 1st AC, 2nd AC and 3rd AC coaches," said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding, "There will be also return journey of these special trains to the Capital."

The New Delhi-Mumbai-New Delhi special train will stop at Mathura, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodra, Surat and Borivalli stations enroute, both ways.

The New Delhi-Sealdah-New Delhi special train will stop at Kanpur Central, Mughalsarai & Dhanbad stations enroute.

The Railways will keep watch on the waiting list of the trains and attach additional coaches to clear extra rush subject to operational feasibility and availability of coaching stock.

All zonal railways have been directed to take necessary steps to clear extra rush in view of the ongoing pilots' strike, the official said.

The Western Railway has decided to run six more holiday special trains between Bandra and Bikaner for the convenience of passengers.

The Railways have made elaborate arrangements to disseminate information about the schedule of these special trains.

"Commercial offices and public relation offices of respective zonal railways have started disseminating information about the detailed time-table of these special trains," he said.

These trains are available on passenger reservation system for booking.

The tickets to travel by these special trains are available on PRS counters across the country and can also be purchased from Air India ticket counters at Connaught Circus and the domestic airport in Delhi.