Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: In a new move, the Ministry of Railways has announced its ambitious goal of eliminating waiting lists entirely in 4 to 5 years. Sources within the ministry said that a comprehensive plan to address the increasing demand, particularly for general and sleeper-class coaches has been devised.
Sources said that from April to October 2023, the data indicates a significant shift in passenger distribution.
Coaches without air conditioning, such as general and sleeper classes, accommodated an impressive 95.3% of the overall passenger count, reaching a notable total of 3.72 billion passengers. This signifies a substantial growth of 380 million passengers compared to the preceding year, highlighting the increasing favorability of budget-friendly travel choices.
In contrast, AC coaches accommodated 4.7% of the total passengers carried, summing up to 18.2 crore travellers. Notably, this represents a notable increase of 3.1 crore passengers compared to the previous year.