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CR wants hike in frequency as new Mum-Del Rajdhani nears 100% occupancy

Says train is perfect to go to Agra from Mumbai, come to Nashik from Delhi, as large number of passengers are booking tickets for these two destinations

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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A good response from passengers to the first train on Mumbai-Delhi route through the Central Zone has prompted authorities to think of increasing the frequency of this now bi-weekly train.

The occupancy in the train, started in January, is nearly 100 per cent, CR's principal chief commercial manager Shailendra Kumar told PTI.

"From day one, we are seeing an overwhelming response. So, we are thinking of requesting the Railway Board to possibly run it daily," he said.

He said the train is perfect to go to Agra from Mumbai and to come to Nashik from Delhi. "A big number of passengers are booking tickets for these two destinations," he added.

Currently, the other two trains -- one from Mumbai Central and the other from Bandra Terminus -- run on the Western Railway route.

This new train is the first in Maharashtra which takes a detour via Madhya Pradesh, instead of Gujarat.

Kumar said earnings from ticket sales of the new Rajdhani were beyond expectations and they want more and more passengers to travel in this premium train.

The train leaves (CSMT) in Mumbai on every Wednesday and Saturday at 2.50 pm and reaches in Delhi at 10.20 am next day.

On its return journey, the train leaves on every Thursday and Sunday at 4.15 pm and arrives at at 11.55 am next day.

Besides and Hazrat Nizamuddin, it halts at Kalyan, Nashik, Jalgaon, Khandwa, Bhopal, Jhansi and Agra, passing through two significant Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

"Halting the train at Kalyan station (in Thane district) has proved beneficial for travellers," Kumar added.

First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 12:31 IST