The Indian Railways has made several special train announcements this week. Right on top is news from Karnataka, where 18 trains will run to clear the rush for Ugadi and also provide relief to travellers stranded by the KSRTC bus strike.
These Ugadi trains in the Southern Railway Zone will be supported by other new services, which we’ve also listed below. And finally, we’ll move back north to cover new Shatabdi and Duronto express trains connecting New Delhi to Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
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Here’s the complete list of new special trains:
Karnataka gets new trains ahead of Ugadi
Union Rail Minister Piyush Goyal notified the running of 18 express special trains before the Hindu New Year celebrations of Ugadi. The festival is a major event in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and sees a high passenger rush as people return home to spend time with their families.
All the trains are fully reserved, and you can see their schedules here:
Eighteen fully reserved, express special trains with special fares, have been introduced in Karnataka.
This will ensure all citizens can travel with comfort & ease to celebrate Ugadi festival with their friends & family, and avoid hardship due to the Road transport strike. pic.twitter.com/M4Omg1UR0l
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 8, 2021
Along with Goyal’s announcement, there’s a few other new Southern Railway special trains which are open for bookings:
> 07333 (Hubballi–Dr MGR Chennai Central Weekly Festival Special) will depart from Hubballi on Wednesdays from April 14 at 9.25 pm, and arrive in Chennai by 11.10 am the next day
> 07334 (Dr MGR Chennai Central–Hubballi Weekly Festival Special) will depart from Chennai on Thursdays from April 15 at 3.50 pm, and arrive in Hubballi by 5.05 am the next day.
> 06531 (KSR Bengaluru–Mangaluru Central Tri-Weekly Special) will leave Bengaluru on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays from April 10 at 8.30 pm, and reach Mangaluru by 9.10 am the next day.
> 06532 (Mangaluru Central–KSR Bengaluru Tri-Weekly Special) will leave Mangaluru on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 11 at 6.35 pm, and reach Bengaluru by 6.20 am the next day.
Shatabdi, Duronto specials added from Delhi
The Northern Railway will be introducing five pairs of special express trains connecting New Delhi with Chandigarh, Amritsar, Daurai (Ajmer) and Jammu. Here’s a quick look:
> 02013/02014: New Delhi–Amritsar–New Delhi Shatabdi Special Express (daily)
> 04051/04052: New Delhi–Daurai–New Delhi Shatabdi Special Express (daily)
> 04053/04054: New Delhi–Amritsar–New Delhi Shatabdi Special Express (weekly)
> 02046/02045: Chandigarh–New Delhi–Chandigarh Shatabdi Special Express (6 days a week)
> 02265/02266: Delhi Sarai Rohilla–Jammu Tawi–Delhi Sarai Rohilla Duronto Special Express (tri-weekly)
For dates, timings and stoppages, you can see the official tweet:
04 Shatabadi Specials and 01 Duranto Spl train for you :-
◆02013/14 New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi
◆04051/52 New Delhi-Daurai Shatabdi
◆04053/54 New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi
◆02046/45 Chandigarh-New Delhi Shatabdi
◆02265/66 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Jammu Tavi Duranto Special. pic.twitter.com/VpMUWUnDKO
— Northern Railway (@RailwayNorthern) April 8, 2021
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