Pilgrims fume as IRCTC cancels pilgrimage

By TNN

PATNA: They had almost finished their packing to go on pilgrimage and then suddenly learned, much to their chagrin, that the trip had been cancelled. The culprit? Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

At least 400 passengers, mostly senior citizens, had booked tickets on the ‘Jyotirling Dharmik Yatra Special Train’ announced by IRCTC. The train was scheduled to leave Patna on September 7 for Shirdi, Dwarka, Somnath and Ujjain and return to Patna on September 16. While a sum of Rs 13,950 each was taken from passengers for travel in sleeper class, a sum of Rs 18,900 each was collected for the journey in AC3.

“IRCTC took money from us to book our tickets, but said the coach and berth numbers would be provided later,” said one such passenger who had booked two tickets for self and wife. More info

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