Pune: Many passengers - mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar - will not have to worry about their journey to Allahabad and Patna due to long waiting lists during the festival season. The Railways have taken an initiative to run a special train from Pune to Patna, which will reduce the extra rush during Holi.
According to officials of Pune railway division, “The Railways have decided to run a special weekly train from Pune to Patna from February 26 to March 7. Keeping in mind the festivals of Mahashivaratri and Holi, the division has decided to run special summer weekly train from Pune.”
Train number 01347 will run from Pune on February 26 and March 5 on every Monday at 8.20 pm. The train will arrive in Patna at 8.30 am on the next day. Similarly, train number 01348 will run from Patna on February 28 and March 7 on every Wednesday at 5.45 pm and reach Pune on the third day at 4.05 am.
The train will have a composition of one AC 2-tier, six AC 3-tier, five reserved sleeper and 6 general coaches.
“It has been observed that during the festival season, many passengers from UP and Bihar book their tickets in waiting for long journeys. During this season, the waiting list crosses up to 800 in for sleeper class. The Railways have decided to run this special train, so the passenger can travel hassle-free,” the officials said.
In October, during the Chhath festival, Railways had not run special trains for Bihar. Sakal Times had raised this issue, and Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of both Central Railway and East Central Railway said that they have taken this issue seriously. Sakal Times was the first newspaper to raise the issue and created an impact on railway officials, who started the special train.