Indian Railways will operate as many as 261 special Ganapati trains to various destinations across the national transport network during the upcoming Ganapati festival to clear the extra crowds of passengers during the festive session. These special trains run at a special rate and are fully reserved, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Railways on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
The Central Railways zone – headquartered in Mumbai at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, will operate 201 Ganapati special trains, while the Western Railways zone – one of the busiest zones on the Indian Railways network, 42 Ganapati special trains trains will operate.
In addition, the Konkan Rail Corporation Limited will deploy 18 special trains during the festival, the statement said. The special trains have already been deployed from the last week of August and will run until September 20, 2021. The sleeper class coach will be expanded with several trains originating from Mumbai, in order to eliminate the extra crowds of passengers from the city.
Passengers can visit www.enquiry.indianrail.gov.in for detailed information on the times, stations and stops of the special Ganapati trains. Only passengers with confirmed tickets are allowed to board these special trains.
Passengers can also visit the official Twitter accounts of Central Railways, Konkan Railways and Western Railways to view the detailed list of special Ganapati trains running every day.
Availability of special trains during Ganapati Festival from 10:30 am on 7.9.2021
Green – AVAILABLE pic.twitter.com/UEfbSrQ36j
— Central Railroad (@Central_Railway) September 7, 2021
Running special trains to bring extra crowds will become important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when social distancing standards are essential to contain the spread of the disease and prevent a third wave in the country.