Rajdhani and Duranto discontinued
Railways has discontinued Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express trains from May 9 till further orders. This is being done due to low occupancy and surge in Covid cases they say.
I’d like to know from friends in circle last 1.5 months has anyone travelled in trains? Are protocols being maintained? more
As there is low occupancy, the number of trains should be reduced according to the demand. more
traveled New Delhi Kalka and protocol compliance was fair but not universal. Issue is low occupancy and not face mask and sanitizer use. If passengers are not available, there is no sense in wasting money by running empty trains. more
I made two trips from Delhi to Bhopal (Rajdhani & Shan-e-Bhopal). Covid-19 protocols were not being followed by passengers. more
If no demand, reduce the supply. Proper decision. When demand rises in the future, I am sure IR will reinstate the capacity. Cannot offer any comment on protocol compliance since did not travel for the last one plus years. more
Most travellers in reserved classes are either on business or on vacation/family visits. Most of the business is done on line. People have put off vacation/family visits for next year with the hope that things will be better then. Most travelers are migrants who are returning home with the fear of lockdown once again. Hence, no wonder, the occupancy rates in trains is low. more