Railways have sent a circular to their zones to ensure 100 percent time restriction on the running of 230 special trains, which is less than two percent of the 13,000 trains normally running on the railway network.
Sources said that Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav has sent a message to all General Managers and Divisional Railway Managers to ensure that 15 pairs of Rajdhani trains and 100 pairs of passenger trains maintain their schedule without any delay.
He has asked the zonal chiefs to monitor the punctuality of these trains as the number of trains running on the network is currently very low, so the punctuality should be “100 percent”.
Sources said that the national transporters who criticized the delay in running these trains want to be extra vigilant in operating these trains.
Yadav has asked seven railway zones – East Coast Railway, South East Central Railway, East Central Railway, Central Railway, West Central Railway, North Central Railway and Northern Railway to identify issues due to time constraints and take remedial measures. .
These are the areas in which most freight trains are loaded. Most freight trains also run in these zones.
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) carried 200.85 MT of freight in 2019-2020, the highest among the railway sectors, followed by South Eastern Railway (SER) at 171.11 MT, South East Central Railway (SECR) 169 MT and Operated East Central Railway. (ECR) handled 148 MT of freight during the 2019-20 financial year.
Railways are facing major issues due to the running of labor special trains.
According to sources, 50 per cent of these trains were running two hours ahead of schedule, which were at the original stations, as it included protocols. He said that the protocol prescribed for coronovirus like thermal screening of every passenger is to ensure that only asymptomatic people ride in trains, maintain social disturbances, ensure that the Arogya Setu mobile application is downloaded to their phones – basic Stations are taking a lot of time.
The Railways had recently appealed to all the passengers to arrive at the station 90 minutes earlier and not before the crowd was avoided in the premises.