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19/04/24 | 3:42 pm | Indian Railways

Indian Railways prepares for summer travel surge with over 9,000 trips

Indian Railways will operate a record 9,111 trips this summer to accommodate the anticipated surge in travel demand and ensure passenger convenience.

This marks a substantial increase from the previous summer when the Railways operated 6,369 trips. Additional trains have been planned to connect key destinations across the country, facilitating seamless travel along major railway routes.

All zonal railways across India have mobilised their resources to manage these additional trips, catering to the summer travel rush from several states.

The planning and operation of these additional trains are part of a continuous process, incorporating inputs from various communication channels round the clock. This includes media reports, social media platforms, the Railway Integrated helpline number 139, and data from the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) to assess demand on specific routes.

Based on these assessments, the number of trains and trips is adjusted dynamically throughout the season, ensuring efficient utilization of resources and meeting passenger demand effectively.

During the summer season, zonal railways are instructed to ensure the availability of drinking water at railway stations. Elaborate crowd control measures are implemented at major stations, with Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel managing queues at General Class coaches’ entry points.

Skilled RPF staff are stationed in CCTV control rooms, monitoring crowded areas in real-time and providing assistance to passengers as needed. Government Railway Police (GRP) and RPF staff are deployed at foot-over bridges to regulate crowds smoothly and prevent stampede-like situations during peak rush periods.

Passengers can book tickets for these additional trains through Railway Ticket counters or the IRCTC website/app, ensuring a hassle-free travel experience during the busy summer season.

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