Not many Takers for Diwali Special Trains


CHENNAI:  Even as state transport and omni buses as well as regular trains ran jam-packed during Deepavali this year, a quarter of the special trains operated by Southern Railway ran with more than half of the seats empty.

Southern Railway figures show that trains from important locations like Erode and Nagercoil attracted less than 50 per cent occupancy. Two of them had as low as 11 and 19 per cent occupancy respectively.

According to staff working at various ticket booking offices in the city, the low figures were due to poor scheduling of the special trains. “Just before Deepavali, people travel from metros to towns and return after the festival. But the trains were scheduled the other way round,” a staffer said on condition of anonymity.

The Erode-Chennai special was run on October 20, a couple of days before Deepavali and the Chennai-Coimbatore special was run on October 24. Both trains were less than 20 per cent full.

Senior railway officials involved in planning of such special trains and analysing passenger patterns told Express that low patronage on some trains was due to pairing of trains. More info

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