In a relief for passengers who were left out by the operation of fully reserved special trains and limited general class coaches, the Railway Board (RB) has instructed all zones to mandatorily attach general class coaches to all Mail/Express trains and increase their numbers depending on commercial viability.
The board has also directed the zonal railways to ensure immediate compliance with the circular. The relaxation would facilitate more low-cost travel in the days to come.
The low cost coach augmentation has been done in addition to the fully unreserved special trains such as Jan Sadharan, Jan Sewa and Antyodaya express services offered by Indian Railway.
The decision was taken following a board meeting on September 29 during which the attachment of general class coaches was discussed. The Railway Ministry had suspended general class coaches since lockdown restrictions were imposed to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Though special train services across the country and suburban services in Mumbai were resumed in the recent months, general class coaches were either largely avoided, or their numbers were maintained low to ensure social distancing is maintained on board.