Bhopal Double-decker to lower fare, likely to change timetable

Bhopal Jn (BPL): The divisional railway users’ consultative committee (DRUCC) has recommended reduction in fare and change in timings of the Indore-Bhopal AC double decker train. The committee that met here on Wednesday also recommended for introducing pantry car in the double decker and Shaan-e-Bhopal trains.

The Bhopal railway division would forward these recommendations to the Railway Board for approval.

At the meeting, DRM Rajiv Chaudhary informed that platform height of 10 stations was being raised while length of platform in 19 stations under the division were being increased.

The members were informed that under rail budget 2013-14, 15 new trains had been introduced which would pass through the division. Frequency of four trains have been increased. Of the 15, five have started operations while the rest will commence in 2014.

The meeting was attended by senior DCM Brijendra Kumar who informed about passenger amenities in the division. As per information, the division has earned Rs 294.47 crore in the current financial year from passenger fares and Rs 478.63 crore from freight. Similarly, 1,77,812 cases of ticketless travel was reported during the checking drive and the division earned Rs 7.23 crore as fine. The total earning of the division till November is Rs 814.82 crore, up by 3.12% since last financial year.  In the beginning of the programme, scouts and guides felicitated the members of the DRUCC. Following are few of the demands:

  • Vindhyachal Express should run from Bhopal at 7 pm
  • Extend Bhopal-Bilaspur passenger train to Habibganj
  • Add coaches in case of high waiting lists of passengers
  • Decrease the stoppage and fares of Double Decker
  • Build toilets in Bhopal-Bina MEMU Train
  • Extend Habibganj-Jabalpur Intercity to Bhopal
  • Make Jhansi-Bandra Express a daily train
  • Introduce pantry car in Patalkot Express
  • Finish Karond under bridge work soon
  • Extend Bhopal-Indore passenger to Habibganj
  • Make changes in the coaches of Bhopal Express
  • Extend Bhopal-Lucknow Garib Rath Express to Habibganj
  • Halt at Habibganj station for Kerala Express
  • Make Gwalior-Bhopal Intercity Express a daily train