Hyderabad: A record number of 5,58,548 passengers travelled on trains between April 8 and 10, of which 4,32,987 were passengers who bought tickets but had no reservations. The number of passengers travelling was 50 per cent more than expected from the Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kacheguda stations.
Secunderabad recorded 96,000 unreserved passengers and 28,000 who had reserved their travel in advance on April 10, totalling 1.24 lakh passengers which is the second highest in its history.
The highest was on Sankranti this year when 1.25 lakh passengers travelled from the Secunderabad station.
The number of passengers travelling from Lingampalli station, where a few trains are now being terminated, also increased significantly.
South Central Railway ran 23 special trains on April 8, 9 and 10, along with 151 regular trains to various destinations.
The special trains included six Jansadha-ran trains and 17 special fare trains.
Besides 35 additional coaches were attached to regular trains from the twin cities towards Vijayawada, Kakinada, Narsapur, Visakhapat-nam, Srikakulam Road, Tirupati etc.
Railway officials said that the running of Jansadharan and special trains after assessing the additional rush with continuous monitoring of divisional officials helped them handle the rush....