SCR says train is doing good business; yet to decide on changing timings
The South Central Railway's (SCR) much-boasted Mathrubhoomi MMTS ladies special appears to be evoking poor response from commuters but SCR authorities have a different opinion.
SCR launched the Mathrubhoomi special on Faluknama-Lingampally route on September 28 with two trains.
The objective was to offer hassle-free journey to over 40,000 women passengers who travel in different MMTS trains everyday.
However, inappropriate time seems to be the major reason for poor patronage for ladies special train. The Falaknuma-Lingampally train begins at 7.10 a.m. from Falaknuma and arrives in Lingampally at 8.20 a.m. In the return direction, another train starts from Lingampally at 7 p.m. and reaches Falaknuma at 8.20 p.m.
The train schedule is improper. It arrives in Secunderabad at 7.40 a.m. and it is too early in the morning to start for office.
Hence, many commuters are forced to prefer regular trains, says Himabindu, a resident of Chilkalguda, who travels to her office in Hitec city in a MMTS train.
This apart, commuters feel that poor occupancy in the train is resulting in loss of revenue for SCR. Besides many suggest SCR authorities to change the colour of Mathrubhoomi special.
“During peak hours amidst heavy passenger traffic, it is very tough to differentiate a regular MMTS and Mathrubhoomi special. Accidentally, if one boards the train, it is tough to alight and hence has to pay fine. It would be easy to spot the train, if it sports a different colour,” suggests Mukundan, another regular commuter.
On the other hand, SCR authorities claim that the special was generating good patronage with an occupancy ratio of 60 per cent in the morning and 40 in the evening.
At this ratio, it is generating good business, says SCR spokesperson.
With regard to change of train schedule, a decision would be taken by authorities after observing the patronage trend and feedback from commuters, the spokesperson informed.