NORTH-EAST EXODUS

The South Central Railway is deploying extra coaches to meet the rush of passengers bound for north eastern States from Secunderabad.

“There is a marked spurt in the number of passengers bound towards destinations in the North Eastern States from Secunderabad in recent days,” a railway press release said.

Extra coaches are being attached to trains going towards Kolkata and Guwahati, while two additional general coaches were attached to Hyderabad-Howrah East Coast express today.

Extra coaches

Two more general coaches will be attached to this train on Sunday also and four additional coaches will be attached to Secunderabad-Guwahati weekly express on Sunday.

The statement said passengers can also utilise the special trains being operated between Bangalore and Guwahati, which pass through SCR with stoppage at Vijayawada.

So far, six special trains have been run on this route.

Additional counters

The focus of the SCR is to ensure hassle-free commuting for passengers swarming the Secunderabad railway station in last few days, it said, adding the special duty staff are taking necessary steps in managing the queues at ticket counters.

To enable quick clearance of queues, three additional general ticket counters are being operated at Secunderabad station during the timings of these trains.

Additional security personnel are also being deployed in some of these trains.

amitmitra@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 19, 2012)
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