The Indian Railways had earlier suspended all passenger trains from March 25 in the wake of nationwide lockdown Credit: Representational image

The Indian Railways on Saturday will run 80 special trains from September 12. “Indian Railways will run 40 pairs of new special trains from September 12. The reservation for these will begin from September 10,” said Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav.

These new trains will be in addition to 230 trains that are already in service, he added.

“We will run trains whenever there is a request from state governments for exams and other such purposes. We will monitor special trains; wherever there is demand for a train or waiting list is long, we will run a clone train,” added Yadav.

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Just a few days after the government announced the guidelines of unlock 4.0, Indian Railways stated that it was planning to introduce more special trains in consultation with state governments.

The Indian Railways had suspended all of its passenger trains from March 25 in the wake of nationwide lockdown announced to control the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The Railways resumed its services on May 1 with Shramik trains that were pressed into service to enable migrant workers, students, tourists and stranded people to return to their home state.

The railways also introduced special air-conditioned trains from May 12 and 200 scheduled trains from June 1 to clear the rush of people stuck in various parts of Indian since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown.

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