21 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: As the Indian Railways has announced to run 200 new Time Tabled Trains from June 1, 2020, in addition to the services of Shramik Special trains, it has been decided to run 08 pairs of Special Trains from and through East Coast Railway (ECoR) jurisdiction with effect from June 1, 2020. Six pairs of Special trains will originate and three pairs will run through ECoR jurisdiction as per scheduled time to be announced shortly.
Among the trains, 01020/01019 Bhubaneswar-Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Konark Express Special Train will run between Bhubaneswar and Mumbai, 02074/02073 Bhubaneswar-Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express Special Train between Bhubaneswar and Howrah, 02801/02802 Puri-New Delhi-Puri Purushottam Express Special Train from Puri to New Delhi, 02201/02202 Sealdah-Puri-Sealdah tri-weekly Duranto Special from Puri to Sealdah (Kolkata), 02805/02806 Visakhapatnam-New Delhi-Visakhapatnam AP Express from Visakhapatnam to New Delhi and 02727/02728 Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad Godavari Express Special Train from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad.
The trains planned to run through ECoR jurisdiction are – 02703/02704 Howrah-Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express Special Train and 02245/02246 Howrah-Yesvantpur-Howrah Duranto Special. Apart from this, Howrah to Mumbai, Howrah to Ahmedabad and Howrah to Barbil Special trains will also run through Odisha. The routes and schedule of the above trains will be announced shortly.
East Coast Railway will issue Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the passengers who are supposed to board in the above Special Trains. The SOP is being prepared and may be issued within couple of days.
RAC & Waitlist Tickets can be generated in these trains but, after preparation of final passenger chart, wait list passengers can not be allowed to board the train. Tatkal Train Tickets will not also be generated in these trains. Current booking will also be permitted through online, after chart preparation and two hours before departure of the trains.
No concessional train tickets will be allowed except four categories of Divyangjan (persons with disabilities) and 11 categories of patient concessions.
These trains will be run with reserved berths with normal Mail/Express & Superfast train fare. 2nd class fare will be charged for the passengers travelling in General Second Class coaches with reserved berths.
No catering charges will be included in the train fare. Passengers may ask for food on payment basis from IRCTC with limited eatables and packaged drinking water. It would be advisable to carry own food during journey. Apart from this, no blanket and linen will be provided in the train and passengers may take their own arrangements.