Battery Powered Car Facility by Indian Railways: Great convenience for old and sick commuters! From Saturday (October 23, 2021), the national carrier has resumed battery-powered car services at Madurai Junction in a bid to enhance passenger comfort. The Ministry of Railways said this free facility at Madurai Railway Station will benefit passengers. According to the Southern Railway District, battery-powered car service was already available at Madurai Railway Junction during the pre-Covid period. However, the facility was a paid service. The contractor has suspended services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now battery-powered car services have been resumed again from Saturday free of charge for passengers.
The statement, issued by the Southern Railway District, said that a private company provides this service under the publicity line. The company can display ads up to 60 square feet on the dashboard. The facility is only for the elderly, people with different abilities, pregnant women and the sick. Southern Railway added that the battery powered vehicle is moving from the rendezvous/turning area to all the Madurai Junction platforms as well as vice versa for the convenience of this needy group of people.
Meanwhile, Indian Railways has decided to bring back unreserved public second-class buses on several private trains from next month. On public demand, the Board of Railways has allowed the resumption of unreserved public second-class buses on reserved special trains over the Southern Rail District. According to a press release from Southern Railways, these reserved private trains will operate with non-reserved Class II public buses from November 1, 2021, however, a couple of special trains will be operating from November 10, 2021. According to District Railways, the fare structure will be It is a 2S Mail or Express Unreserved ticket for these special trains.