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.
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.
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.
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.
CR to run 15 coach Unreserved Special Train from CST dep.2330 hrs on 22.4.2016 to Gorakhpur to clear the extra rush of passengers — Central Railway (@Central_Railway) April 22, 2016
CR to run 15 coach Unreserved Special Train from CST dep.2330 hrs on 22.4.2016 to Gorakhpur to clear the extra rush of passengers
— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) April 22, 2016
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.