Railways to start 20 pairs of clone trains to beat rush, 60% from & to Bihar | India News

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways on Tuesday announced running the first ever 20 pairs of clone trains (40 trains) from September 21, which will run on routes where the demand is high and there are long waiting lists. The list shows that 60% of these announced clone trains will either originate or terminate in major stations in Bihar.
Sources in the railway ministry said that most of the trains originating from Bihar are running full, which necessitated the introduction of the first lot of such trains. The move is also being seen as a sign of migrant workers returning to their earlier place of work due to increased resumption of economic activities. Booking for these trains will start from September 19.
The details of these trains show that 12 out of the 20 pairs will originate or terminate at stations in Bihar. The destination cities include New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Bengaluru, Secunderabad and Amritsar. A couple of clone trains will originate or terminate at Varanasi and Ballia in UP.
The railway ministry said these will primarily be AC trains and will operate at speeds higher than those of the existing special trains. These trains will also be operated on notified timings and will be fully reserved. The advance reservation period (ARP) for these clone trains will be 10 days, while for other trains it is 120 days. These trains will be in addition to the 310 special trains that are already running.

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