Since the temporary shut down of Jet Airways, the Mumbai-Delhi railway route is having 10% more traffic jam than the usual. In order to balance this out, the Western Railway has started a special series of trains between Mumbai and Delhi.
Jet Airways operated at least eight to nine flights daily from Mumbai to Delhi but after the shut down, a data received from the Western Railway (reported by Mid-Day) 2,15,814 passengers travelled between the Mumbai and Delhi rail route in express trains from March 15 to April 15.. The crowd was seen in Rajdhani Express, August Kranti Express, Golden Temple Express and Duranto Express the Gareeb Rath.
Similarly last year, there were 1.98 lakh commuters who travelled in the same express trains. Rajdhani Express started by Central Railway from CSMT TO Nizamuddin has been running in full capacity too.
South and Northbound routes have also been affected after the temporary shut down of Jet Airways. A/C ticket trains from Mumbai to Chennai have seen a hike of approximately 100%. Trains from the northern regions have also seen a similar hike.
Chief public relations officer of Western Railway, Ravindra Bhakar told the Mid-Day that, “o clear the extra rush on the Mumbai-Delhi route, we have already started one special train and are planning to start another one. Apart from that, we have begun adding extra coaches to the trains currently plying on these routes.