Patna पटना (PNBE): East Central Railway (ECR) has decided to run a weekly premium special train (02353-02354) between Patna Junction and Bangalore Cantt from April 17 to clear rush of passengers. The idea of premium special trains was announced in the interim rail budget this year in Lok Sabha.
This particular train is being introduced on the directive of ECR GM Madhuresh Kumar following requests by various organizations. Its fare will be dynamically charged, similar to air fare from passengers seeking berths at the last hour.
According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, this train will have a load combination of 20 coaches. It will leave Patna Junction every Thursday at 11.30pm and reach Bangalore Cantt on Saturday at 6.55pm. The train will have only five stoppages at Mughalsarai, Jabalpur, Nagpur, Vijaywada and Chennai Central, he said, adding it will be accorded the status of Rajdhani Express.
On return journey, the train will leave Bangalore Cantt every Sunday at 3.30pm and reach Patna Junction on Tuesday at 9.45am. The special train will run on April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 12, 19 and 26 from Patna end while it will run on April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from Bangalore Cantt end. There will be 11 trips of the train from both ends, he said.
According to Rajak, ticket booking for this train started from April 7 on the IRCTC site. There will be no waiting list for this train and no quota of berths from railway headquarters or defence quota either. In case of availability of berths even after preparation of chart, passengers could procure tickets from PRS and current reservation counters at Patna Junction or from Bangalore Cantt, he said.
The CPRO said in this train, 573 berths are available in sleeper class, 382 in 3AC and 88 berths in 2AC.