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Running of Local/Intra-State Trains

Indian Railways neither operate train services nor maintain data pertaining to passenger  booking on State-wise basis as the  railway network straddles across various State boundaries. Prior to cancellation of regular passenger carrying services w.e.f. 23.03.2020, Indian Railways operated approximately 3635 passenger train services per day and 5881 suburban trains services per day. The Zone-wise detail of average monthly passenger booked during the last 5 years i.e. between 2015-16 to 2019-20 is as under:


Zonal Railway/Year 2015-16

(in millions)


(in millions)


(in millions)


(in millions)


(in millions)

Central 142.10 146.54 148.45 154.49 147.89
Eastern 97.37 98.69 101.93 105.55 104.00
East Central 21.72 21.94 20.77 20.79 19.53
East Coast 7.75 7.98 8.00 8.31 8.11
Northern 51.29 49.09 47.82 47.34 44.78
North Central 14.22 14.08 14.19 14.20 13.21
North Eastern 18.67 16.77 16.40 15.89 15.06
Northeast Frontier 7.92 8.43 8.53 8.95 8.78
North Western 12.45 11.25 13.87 15.00 14.78
Southern 66.55 66.56 67.86 69.81 66.67
South Central 29.01 26.74 32.21 32.25 30.21
South Eastern 21.41 21.61 21.64 22.17 21.06
South East Central 10.74 10.28 10.24 10.18 9.59
South Western 15.35 15.07 16.12 16.54 15.32
Western 132.02 133.68 133.90 132.62 126.96
West Central 11.06 11.20 11.38 11.37 10.84
Metro 15.97 16.43 17.16 17.76 17.01
Total 675.61 676.34 690.48 703.25 673.81


In view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation and for effective management of the pandemic, presently, only special trains, with limited stoppages, keeping in view the concerns and suggestions of State Governments are being operated. As on 31.01.2021, Indian Railways, in consultation with the State Governments concerned have, in phases operationalised approximately 5350 suburban/Passenger services per day and 206 passenger services per day. Besides, Indian Railways is keeping a close watch on the prevailing situation and is in all readiness to resume regular train operations.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


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