Indian Railways has started 20 pairs of clone trains in the wake of the huge demand for travel on specific routes. Waitlisted passengers on high traffic routes can hope to reach their destinations two-three hours before the corresponding parent train, a senior official said.
This initiative was first announced by then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in 2016, but it failed to take off primarily because of congestion on the rail network. While the 19 pairs of Humsafar Express trains will be of 18 coaches, the Lucknow-Delhi train will have 22 coaches.
Key things to know about these clone trains
Stoppages and timings
These clone trains — primarily 3-AC trains with fewer halts, higher speeds, and departure time before the parent train — come as a boon for the passengers who have to travel in an emergency or have made last-minute plans.
Their stoppages will be limited to operational halts or the Divisional Headquarters en-route (if any), thereby reducing their journey time, the official said. “These trains will reach their destinations two to three hours in advance. That’s how they have been planned,” a senior official told PTI.
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