It took less than 12 hours and the divisional railway at Mumbai prepared a special train for hundreds of passengers bound for northern states of UP and Bihar. And all of this was made possible at the orders of Union MoS Railways Manoj Sinha.
Sinha was apprised of the problems faced by those who wanted to visit their home towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from Mumbai for the wedding season.
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Not only was there a lack of trains bound for northern states, there was also a problem of seats in the existing ones. Passengers often had to sleep on the platforms of the station itself to be able to book a seat first.
On Friday morning at around 10.30, Sinha rang up the authorities Central Railway Zone in Mumbai and told them to prepare a train that must depart on the very night.
At around 2 pm, the CR zone rang up the divisional railway at Mumbai and passed on the direct order.
This grainy photo shows workers cleaning and repairing the coaches for the special train. Navbharat Times
Time was short and the order had come from the top. There was no special train, not even a plan of launching one.
The railway personnel then hit upon a novel idea: they decided to assemble spare coaches and link them to form a 15-coach train.
Arrangement of bogies started at 4 pm from Byculla, CST, Mazgaon, Bori Bunder and Dadar. But since the coaches had been lying unused for quite some time, they were in need of repairs. Unfettered, the railway personnel immediately got down to repair the coaches.
Due to the efforts put in by the railway personnel, the train was ready for departure at 11.30 pm. Sinha said that a reserved service for Varanasi has been ordered for Saturday and a general service train for Patna will leave on Sunday.