Last minute travel plans? Don’t worry, because the Indian Railways have you covered! in Nagpur, nearly 25 coaches in the 112 trains managed by the South East Central Railway (SECR) are set to be unreserved, to help in case you’ve had any travel plans crop up suddenly. Here are the details. By Anushka Goel
Summers are here, and with travel restrictions slowly easing, sudden travel plans are making their way into our weekly and monthly itineraries. And in a much-needed relief to travellers, trains originating from, or passing through Nagpur are set to get some unreserved coaches to help you plan your trips! According to a report in Times of India, nearly 25 reserved coaches of 112 passing and originating mail and express trains, which are managed by the South East Central Railway (SECR) will now be unreserved. 36 of these trains operate and terminate in SECR, while the other 76 are trains passing through the region.
Trains in Nagpur to get unreserved coaches to ease travel
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These unreserved coaches were earlier converted to reserved ones amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to reduce overcrowding. Only passengers who possessed confirmed tickets could board these coaches. However, now, these unreserved coaches are back, albeit with some conditions. According to The Live Nagpur, you will need to possess a seasonal ticket to travel in these unreserved coaches in Nagpur. Also, there are no separate coaches for these ticket holders. And all passengers will have to follow the state and central government protocols set in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Times of India quoted SECR officials as saying, “Even as trains were restored with regular numbers, unreserved coaches were not restored. Though current tickets were available in MEMU-DEMU trains, the same facility was not available for mail/express trains from current booking counters.” And now, passengers can buy tickets from the unreserved ticket system (UTS) counters and travel in these coaches. “In SECR, unreserved ticket facility has been restored with immediate effect in 16 trains,” the officials added.
These unreserved coaches have also been added to some popular express trains, such as the Howrah-CSMT Mail, Secunderabad-Darbhanga, and Howrah-CSMT Gitanjali, Hatia-Pune among others. Some other routes, including CSMT-Howrah, Ahmedabad Howrah, Gondia-Kolhapur Maharashtra and more will get these unreserved coaches after June 29, 2022, the Times of India report adds.
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