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Double-Decker train set to ferry pilgrims

a double-decker train will transport pilgrims between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada during the 12-day Krishna Pushkarams news image

VISAKHAPATNAM: East Coast Railway’s Waltair divisional railway manager Chandralekha Mukherjee said a double-decker train will transport pilgrims between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada during the 12-day Krishna Pushkarams.
Addressing the media here on Thursday, Mukherjee said the double decker train is being brought from Secunderabad and would operate on various routes with different train numbers during the Pushkarams.
To begin with, the double decker train will ply from Secunderabad to Vizag as train number 07759 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam. It will leave Secunderabad on August 12 at 9.20 pm and reach Vizag the next day at 10.15 am.
From Vizag, the train would operate as 07761/07762 Visakhapatnam-Tirupati-Visakhapatnam double decker for the Krishna Pushkarams from August 13. 07761 Vizag-Tirupati will leave Vizag on August 13, 17 and 21 at 12.05 pm and reach Tirupati the next day at 3 am. In the return direction, train 07762 will leave Tirupati on August 14 and 18 at 4.15 am and reach Vizag the same day at 4.45 pm.
In addition to this, the same rake will also be used on the Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam sector. 07763 Vizag-Vijayawada will leave the city at 12.15 pm on August 15 and 19 and reach Vijayawada the same day at 17.50 pm. In the return direction, its pair 07764 will leave Vijayawada at 10.25 am on August 16 and 20 to reach Vizag the same day at 4.45 pm.
The double decker train fare is little more than that of the Janmabhumi train. While the fare for the AC chair car of double decker train from Vizag to Vijayawada is Rs 605 per head, it is Rs 520 for Janmabhumi.
Mukherjee further said four peak hour counters would be operated round the clock specially for the Pushkarams. The number of face to face enquiry counters will also be increased at the railway station, she said.
“We will monitor each and every corner of the station through CCTV surveillance and physical visits for safe journey of the passengers,” Chandralekha Mukherjee said.