Northern Railways is hot on mulling whether it should introduce special trains or increase number of coaches of the existing ones in Chandigarh-Delhi route. This step is being taken to meet the passengers’ demand as the airport will be shut down for 15 days in February 2018.
On December 12 , Punjab and Haryana high court asked whether the railways could extend or expand its fleet for the given time period. Railways are now devising a strategy on the proposal.
Trains Or Coaches to be Increased as per Demand
Divisional Railways Manager Dinesh Kumar said that the number of coaches or trains, whichever is feasible, will depend on the demand.
During this time, Chandigarh International Airport will be closed for the repair and upgrade work on the runway. 27 domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Srinagar, Leh, Jammu and Jaipur operate from the Airport. The number of passengers commuting per day from the airport is around 4,000-5,000.
There are 17 trains plying on Chandigarh-New Delhi route. Three prominent railways on this route include two Kalka – New Delhi Shatabdis, and a Chandigarh – New Delhi Shatabdi Express. The first two have 15 coaches (1,126 seats) each. While Chandigarh – New Delhi has 10 coaches (758 seats).
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(News Source – HT Chandigarh)
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