The Indian Railways has decided to discontinue special trains and revert back the pre-Covid-19 regular services nearly after 20 months which will provide relief to passengers.
On Friday the Railway Board issued circular, accordingly, trains will run with regular numbers, names, and fares applicable for type of train and the concerned classes of travel. This decision would cut down the fares by upto30 percent of current fare.
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The Railways was running around 1,700 mail /express trains before the outbreak of pandemic, which were halted during and after the lockdown.
During the unlock process, Railways initiated services of several special trains. And hence the fares were hiked by upto 30 percent. The All-India Railway Men Federation (largest employees union of the Railways) criticized the Railway management for renumbering regular trains and tagging them as special trains and charging more fares.
The implementation of the new decision would take place after the upgradation process gets completed which usually takes two-three days for CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems).
It will neither charge any extra charge nor give any refund on the booked tickets, cleared the Railways.
Sources: Business Standard, The Hindu