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Kolkatas Ghost Train, a loss making entity

A local train running from Kolkatas busy Sealdah Railway Station to the airport virtually runs empty, with few passengers onboard.

Kolkata, May 19 : A local train running from Kolkata's busy Sealdah Railway Station to the airport virtually runs empty, with few passengers onboard.

Passengers can often be found spreading their legs and take a little nap before reaching their destination.

At night, the empty compartments look scary.

Undertaking four trips a day, the train is a loss-making entity.

Commuters say the train's odd timings compound the problem. The train leaves at 6.45 a.m. in the morning. It also misses out on the evening rush hour.

Passengers are demanding a change in the timings and as increase in the frequency of the train.

"The train just runs into losses. The entire trip is a waste of money. The Government should actually settle the time near about 5 a.m. and 5 p.m," said Prashant, a passenger.

"It's all because of the odd timings. The present timings are of no use to anybody. Introducing more trains through the day at different timings might improve the situation," said Jayanta Mitra, another passenger.

Officials have declined to comment on the service.

The running cost of the train is around 1.2 billion rupees. Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav inaugurated it with much fanfare in 2006.


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