- Indian Railways starts running Festival Special Trains
- A total of 192 pair of such trains will be made available on different routes
- These special festival trains will run until 30th November
- The fare applicable for these services will be that applicable for special trains
The Indian Railways, to cater to the rush and demand of festival seasons will start running 392 festival special trains from 20th October i.e. today. The Ministry of Railways has approved the Zonal Railways’ proposal for the operation of 196 pairs of Festival Special trains.
These special trains will operate till the 30th of November and the fare of these trains will be applicable will be the same as it is applicable for other special trains.
On the 13th of October, the Ministry had announced, “To clear the festive rush, Ministry of Railways has approved 196 pairs (392 trains) of ‘Festival Special’ services over Indian Railways to be operated from 20th October 2020 and 30th November 2020. The fare for these Festival Special services shall be that applicable for special trains. Zonal Railways will notify their schedule well in advance,”.
Check the complete list of festival special trains operated by the Indian Railways:
The fares for these trains will be mimicked on those applicable for the special trains, which means ‘special charges’ will be levied making the tickets costlier by anywhere between 10% to 30% as compared to the fares of mail/ express trains, depending on the class of travel.
The special trains will be operated in destinations including but not limited to Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, and Varanasi to cater to the surge in demand during the ensuing holiday period of Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Chhatt puja. In the order issued, the Railway Board said these festival special trains will be operated at a speed of 55 km/h only.