The first Humsafar train from Malda Division going from Godda in Jharkhand via Bhagalpur to New Delhi via Nawada, Sasaram will leave at three o’clock on Thursday afternoon. All the 18 coaches are almost booked to witness the inaugural train. But those going to Delhi had to spend 18 percent more for this train.
YETendra Kumar, DRM, Malda said that all bogies have been sanitized in Bhagalpur yard. It will reach Godda station on Thursday morning. From where it will be dispatched at 3 pm. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will flag it off from Delhi. Railway Minister has requested CM Hemant Soren of Jharkhand to come to Godda. Godda’s DC has written a letter not to rush. Accordingly, guests will be called.
Currently, the passengers of Vikramshila Express had to spend Rs 1455 for AC-3 class ticket to go to Delhi. Just had to spend 1720 rupees in Humsafar. The distance from Humsafar to Bhagalpur to Delhi is 1215 km. The time will take 24.30 hours. In such a situation Vikramshila is economical and short time train. It reaches New Delhi from Bhagalpur after covering a distance of 1209 km in 19 hours. Humsafar used to charge flexi tickets earlier, but does not happen after 2019. Katihar-Saharsa-New Delhi Humsafar flopped due to the premium rate, while its route was also earning. Bhagalpur Humsafar is the root non-commercial. Therefore, the railway is also scared about the future of its operations.
Pawan Kumar, Senior DCM, Malda, said that Humsafar coaches with modern facility have higher manufacturing cost as compared to normal AC coaches. Therefore special fairs have been held. Commuters with Humsafar passengers will not receive platform tickets. Humsafar passengers will have to come 90 minutes before putting masks, sanitizers etc. under the Kovid protocol. The ticketing started running at 8 am on Wednesday. Nearly seats have been booked.
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