Passenger occupancy on the rise in trains at Amritsar railway station

Up from 40% to 70% | Frequency of daily trains reaches 33 from 15 after relaxation in Covid norms

Passenger occupancy on the rise in trains at Amritsar railway station

back on track Passengers wait for their trains at the Amritsar railway station on Monday. Photo: Sunil kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 26

After relaxation in the Covid-19 induced lockdown, flow of passengers has increased at the Amritsar railway station.

The Indian Railways officials said occupancy in trains has increased to 70 per cent, which used to be around 40 per cent, a month ago.

Release of general tickets in mail and express trains have been suspended to check overcrowding. This has been done to ensure that number of passengers in a compartment do not exceed the number of seats.

Barring two passenger trains between Amritsar and Pathankot, general tickets were not being released for any other train originating from the Amritsar railway station.

This can be gauged from the fact that less than 15 trains used to operate daily from this railway station around a month ago. Their number has now increased to 33, which include 10 daily trains.

The 33 trains originating from the Amritsar railway station include twice a week Amritsar-Indore Express (09326), once a week Amritsar-Nagpur AC Express (02026), thrice a week SHC Garib Rath (04688), Amritsar-KOAA bi-weekly special (02318) runs between Amritsar and Kolkatta, another bi-weekly ASR-KOAA Super (02358), once a week ASR-BDTS Special Clone train (09026), which runs between Amritsar and Bandra terminus, thrice a week ASR-KIR Express (05734) between Amritsar and Katihar, once a week Karambhoomi (04654), thrice a week Humsafar Express (04652) between Amritsar and Jaynagar, once a week ASR-CNB (04146) operates between Amritsar and Kanpur, bi-weekly ASR-Tata (08104), thrice a week Saryu-Yamuna (04650), four days a week Shaheed Express Special (04674), once a week ASR-SDAH Special (02380), twice a week ASR Ajmer Special (09612), once a week ASR-NED Superfast Express (04692), once a week ASR-NTSK Express (05934), thrice a week ASR BSP festival special (08238), six days a week Swarna Shatabdi Express Special (02030), once a week Shatabdi special (04054), twice a week ASR ALL Special (09614) between Amritsar and Ajmer, once a week ASR SHC special (05532) amd thrice a week ASR-DBG Special (05212). Daily trains are Paschim Express, Sachkhand Express, Shatabdi Special, Super Express, Dadar Express, Shane Punjab Express, ASR-CDG Intercity, Amritsar Howrah Special, Golden Temple Mail and Amritsar Dehradun Passenger.

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