The Ministry of Railways has announced that clone trains will be running on high traffic routes to facilitate the travel of waitlisted passengers. It has been announced that it will deploy 20 pairs of ‘clone special trains’ from September 21, in addition to the 310 special trains that are operating currently. This is the first time that the Indian Railways is running clone trains. Reportedly, reservation for these trains will start from September 19.

As of now, tickets for 19 pairs of clone trains will be charged at the Humsafar Express rates, while the tickets for the clone train between Lucknow and Delhi will be at par with the Janshatabdi Express rates.

As per the latest reports, the advance reservation period for these clone trains will be 10 days, which will open on September 19 at 8 AM. While talking to the media, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav stated that these close trains will operate clone trains on routes that have a long waiting list, so as to facilitate travel of the waitlisted passengers.

Also, these special clone trains will be running ahead of the actual trains, and will be fully reserved services and operate on notified timings.

As per the list of these special clone trains, five pairs of trains will operate under the East Central Railways between Bihar and DelhI. These trains will start and end journeys in Bihar’s Saharsa, Rajendra Nagar, Darbhanga, Rajgir, and Muzaffarpur. Further, the two trains operating under the Northeast Frontier Railway will also be from Bihar, i.e., Katihar to Delhi and back and forth.

Then, the Northern Railway will be operating five pairs of trains between Delhi and Bihar and back, Punjab to West Bengal, West Bengal to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh to Delhi among others. Also, the South Central Railway will be operating six pairs of trains between Karnataka – Bihar, Goa – Delhi, and Karnataka – Delhi.

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