Railways to now run Shramik Special trains with full capacity allowed three stops in the destination state

FP Staff May 11, 2020 12:32 PM IST

Railways to now ferry 1,700 passengers on board Shramik special trains, allowed three stops in the destination state

In a bid to ferry more migrants, the Railways on Monday decided to carry around 1,700 passengers on board its ‘Shramik Special’ trains instead of the current 1,200.

According to an order issued, the railway zones have also been asked to provide three stoppages in the destination state other than the final stop, at the request of the state governments.

It also said that the train capacity should be equal to the number of sleeper berths on the train. The ‘Shramik Special’ trains have 24 coaches with a capacity to carry 72 passengers in each coach. Currently, these trains are running with 54 passengers in each coach due to social distancing norms.

IRCTC shares climb 5% as select passenger train services to resume from tomorrow

Shares of Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) jumped 5 percent in early trade on Monday after the Indian Railways said it will gradually resume passenger train services from 12 May.

The company’s shares gained 5 percent to Rs 1,302.85 — its highest trading permissible limit for the day — on the BSE.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), it rose 5 percent to Rs 1,303.55 — its upper circuit limit.

Booking for reservation on these trains will start at 4 pm on 11 May and will be available only on the IRCTC website.

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