new Delhi : A Standing Committee of Parliament has asked the Railways why it is operating only with 30 per cent booking of luxury trains. Parliament’s Standing Committee on Rail presented its report on tourism promotion and pilgrimage circuit in Parliament on Thursday. The report said that the Ministry should take measures to improve the situation. According to the committee, the number of vacant seats in Maharaja Express, Golden Chariot, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey and Palace on Wheels trains between 2102 and 2017 has been 62.7 percent, 57.76 percent, 45.46 percent and 45.81 percent, respectively.

The committee led by Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that the most shocking case is of Maharaja Express. This train is fully run by Indian Railways. The average number of passengers in this train is 29.86 percent, 32.33 percent, 41.8 percent, 41.58 percent and 36.03 percent respectively in 2012-13, 2103-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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This report has come at a time when the Railway Board chairman Ashwini Lohani has organized the first debate session with shareholders on business and travel. The purpose of this railway initiative is to promote tourism through railways. It has been said in the report that the committee has criticized the Railway Ministry for not taking seriously the issue of lack of passengers in luxury trains.

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The committee has said that after reviewing the ministry in a proper manner, it should be told why such trains are being run with only 30 percent passengers.

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