Indore : Passengers would be able to save on fares on the Indore-Ratlam-Indore route with the resumption of train services on Wednesday after a gap of 21 months. And by paying just Rs30, passengers can travel to Ratlam by train, in contrast to the bus fare of Rs 120. Similarly, the train fare for Barnagar is just Rs 20 as compared to bus ticket for Rs 80.
The first train on the Indore-Ratlam section resumed on Wednesday amidst great joy, and the first DMU (diesel multiple unit) special train with 10 coaches arrived at the city railway station platform number five and it was received by MLA Usha Thakur. And after a 10 minute stay, the train left for Ratlam. Along with MLA Thakur, two other BJP MLAs Sudarshan Gupta and Rajesh Sonkar flagged off the train.
The passengers travelling from Indore to Ratlam and other stations looked jubilant. Sunita Jain, a passenger travelling to Barnagar, said that she would save substantially via this train service.
For the first time, a DMU train service is being made available for a city railway station. Travel in the 10-coach DMU train will be a new experience for passengers; it has two doors together like the Mumbai local train. And instead of wooden seats for metre gauge trains, there are sponge cushion seats for three passengers in two rows. In addition, there is a separate section for the disabled and women passengers and vendors, too, but, this train does not have toilets.
The regular run of train will commence from October 2. Train No. 79305 Ratlam-Indore will depart Ratlam at 6.am. It will reach Barnagar at 7.26am, Fatehabad 8.04, Laxmibai Nagar 9.02am and Indore 9.15am.
Train No 79306 Indore-Ratlam will depart from Indore at 10.10am, Laxmibai Nagar 10.18 am, Fatehabad 11.03 am, Barnagar at 11.41 am and Ratlam at 12.45pm.
Another DMU train 79307/79308 will run between Ratlam-Fatehabad only. The third DMU train 79309 Ratlam-Laxmibai Nagar will depart from Ratlam at 4.45pm and reach Barnagar at 5.30pm and Laxmibai Nagar at 7.19pm. In return train no. 79310 Laxmibai Nagar-Ratlam DMU train will depart from Laxmibai Nagar7.20pm, Barnagar 8.28 and Ratlam at 10pm.