The Western Railway is going through an annual income lack of about Rs 5,000 crore as a result of COVID-19 disaster which affected providers and led to a drop within the variety of practice travellers, a senior official has stated. Many individuals are nonetheless reluctant to journey by practice as a consequence of concern of the coronavirus, Western Railway’s Common Supervisor Alok Kansal advised reporters right here on Tuesday.
“We’re incurring an annual income lack of Rs 5,000 crore in teaching trains (passenger trains) section as a result of COVID-19 disaster,” he stated.
Among the many trains being presently operated by the WR, some are operating with solely 10 per cent occupancy, he stated.
Kansal stated earlier than the outbreak of COVID-19, the Western Railway used to run about 300 passenger trains. However, the federal government stopped passenger trains throughout the nation in March final 12 months to stop the unfold of COVID-19.
He stated the operation of passenger trains is now coming again on observe and that is anticipated to enhance the Western Railway’s income.
“Over the last 11 months, the Western Railway has steadily restarted 145 out of its 300 passenger trains… about 50 per cent of our passenger trains have been resumed,” he stated.
Within the subsequent seven days, the WR goes to restart six extra passenger trains in Madhya Pradesh, he stated.
Kansal clarified that the Western Railway is presently operating its passenger trains as particular trains in view of the COVID-19 pointers, and solely passengers having reserved tickets are allowed to journey.
Through the COVID-19 lockdown final 12 months, the WR ran 1,234 Shramik Particular trains from Might 1 to 31 to ferry about 19 lakh individuals to their locations in several states, he added.
Kansal was in MP for an inspection of the Indore-Dewas-Ujjain-Ratlam part of the Railways.