Indore-Pune train will continue to run, order to change its route to Dadar was a ‘printing mistake’

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Sushant Ranjan
Pune, August 11, 2020: After a Railway Board order to stop the Indore-Pune train and run it between Indore and Dadar caused an uproar, the Railway Board has tried to pacify the matter calling it a “printing mistake”. But the railway experts of the city are considering it as a conspiracy. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has even lodged an objection in this regard by writing a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

The order was issued on July 20. As per the order, under the new schedule, the Indore-Pune train was ordered to run up to Dadar instead of Pune. In the order, the Pune-Gwalior train was also asked to run from Dadar instead of Pune. The Western Railway officials were shocked after the order came, as they did not understand the need to stop a highly successful train like Indore-Pune all of a sudden.

Currently, the Indore-Pune train is operated with two different numbers. This train runs five days a week with the numbers 22943/22944 and 19311/19312. The five-day train is a Superfast class train while the two-day train is an Express class train. Not only Indore, but this train is also very useful for the passengers of Dewas, Ujjain, Nagda and Ratlam.

According to sources from the Western Railways, “The Indore-Pune train was started in 2001 after years of effort. The train used to run once a week at the time. Gradually, the facility was regularised with the efforts of the then Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Railway officials themselves know the utility of the train.”

Regular passenger D Sharma said, “Most of the time, confirmed tickets are not available on these trains. The decision to run it from Dadar instead of Pune cannot be accepted in any way.”

Printing fault is being fixed: “The order to run the Indore-Pune train to Dadar has been issued by mistake of printing. Divisional officers have spoken verbally in this regard to the officials of the Railway Board. From there, it has been said that a new order will be issued after rectifying the mistake. In this regard, Ratlam Railway Division is also formally writing a letter to the Board and urging it to issue a new order,” said Vineet Gupta, DRM, Ratlam Railway Division.