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The typical makeup of coaches in trains has not been altered, according to a statement made on Thursday by Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

The usual makeup of coaches in trains has not been altered, according to Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who denied claims on Thursday that reducing the number of non-AC coaches had made traveler misery worse amid this year’s holiday rush.

The minister’s explanation comes amid criticism directed towards Indian Railways for allegedly mishandling the holiday rush. A number of social media users have accused the national carrier of gradually reducing sleeper and general coach berths over the years, which has increased the festive rush.

The claims that fewer sleeping cars on trains will cause issues for travelers choosing non-AC berths are untrue. Since the introduction of the new LHB coaches, trains have had a common coach composition. According to Vaishnaw’s remark, all trains have 22 coaches in the same layout. “A train’s typical coach composition remains unchanged.”

Data from Indian Railways indicates that, between April and October of this year, only 4.7% of passengers rode in AC coaches, with 95.3% of passengers traveling in ordinary and non-AC sleeper coaches.

“A train has six to seven sleeper coaches, four general coaches, one or no AC first class, one or two pantry, two 2AC coaches, six 3AC coaches, and one power car or a guard coach,” Vaishnaw explained when describing the layout of a rake.

During the holiday season, the IR is expected to run 6,754 extra train journeys between October 1 and December 31. The same period previous year, the number was 2,614.

Three months prior to the start of the season, waiting list trends and reservations are observed. The minister added, “A call is taken to plan adequately for the increased train trips.

In comparison to last year, Vaishnaw noted that the number of special train journeys during this holiday season has nearly tripled. “..Since October 1, 2,423 trips have already been conducted by us. This festive season has seen thirty-six lakh [3.6 million] passengers travel, more than twice as many as the previous one, he continued.

Source- Hindustan times


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