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Posted: Oct 24 2016 (08:43)
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New/Special TrainsECR/East Central -Oct 24 2016 (07:37) Few takers for double-decker train comeback
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Calcutta-based dance teacher Swadesh Kumar and his friends (below) are all prepared to enjoy the ride as Dhanbad-Howrah Double Decker Chhath Puja Special (02386) chugs out of Dhanbad station on Sunday after a gap of a year.
The special AC train with 638 seats, however, had only 50 passengers on its comeback run.
To run till November 8, the train was flagged off from Dhanbad station at 7.40am in the presence of DRM Manoj Krishna Akhauri and other senior officials.
Oct 24 2016 (08:43)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~ 1933 blog posts
Only 8% occupancy, AC DD express which is meant to carry much larger number of paxs than the normal trains is carrying just 50 passengers which can be accommodated in a big bus! It is funny to expect patronage for train which was stopped due to poor patronage at normal fares, to attract passengers at special/ higher fares. Does IR want to help itself out of mess or indirectly helping its competitors?
Friends, IR seems to be badly infected with a new virus called "special fare virus" and almost every new train is attacked by this virus including this AC DD special. As a result this train shall hardly recover a fraction of operational cost leave aside the profits. IR could have...
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