New Delhi: The Election Fee has barred the railways from publicising its new timetables and introducing new trains for poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. A letter acquired by the ministry from the ballot panel final week states that whereas the railways can go forward with publishing the brand new timetables — ‘Trains at a Look’ — and making it operational as deliberate on 1 November, “no publicity shall be made on this regard”.
Railway sources had earlier mentioned that as many as 700 trains might see alterations within the new schedules due to adjustments in departure/arrival timings, enhanced pace and numerous different changes made by the transport behemoth in an effort to chop down journey time of long-distance trains. Many categorical trains have been made superfast because of which practice numbers have been modified, which might create confusion amongst passengers.
As of now, the railways has not been capable of publicise these specific adjustments to tell the general public, the sources mentioned. Every zonal railway is prepared with its personal timetable, however is cautious of publicising them due to the Election Fee letter, the sources mentioned.
The railways additionally has a slew of recent trains that may profit a number of states, officers mentioned. Based on the Election Fee letter, no new trains in these two states will be launched or formally inaugurated until the mannequin code of conduct is in place.
Himachal Pradesh goes to polls on 9 November, whereas the Meeting polls in Gujarat shall be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14. “If passengers are having issues, the railway ministry is free to put in writing to us once more and we are going to overview the matter,” a senior EC functionary instructed PTI.