Monday, March 1, 2021
Home News Reports Reports about 40% train seats remaining vacant on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route exposed as a lie

Reports about 40% train seats remaining vacant on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route exposed as a lie

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor is probably one of the most ambitious transportation projects of the country. Under this project, India will get its first bullet train and is being funded by Japan via a generous loan deal.

Ever since the bullet train project was announced, it has borne the brunt of being opposed by the Congress party and has been at the receiving end of a malicious misinformation campaign.

In recent days media reports signalled that they were again up in arms against the project in general. The reports were titled:

  • Route For Planned Bullet Train Loss-Making, 40% Seats Empty, Reveals RTI [1]
  • Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train in the works but 40% seats on route go vacant: RTI [2]
  • Is PM Modi’s Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project viable? Railways’ RTI reply offers a hint [3]

All these reports quoted a certain RTI query made by RTI activist Anil Galgali, as per which 40% of the seats on all the trains of this sector went vacant which causes huge losses to the Western Railway.

Naturally, if trains in any sector have a 40% vacancy, it would raise questions not only about the viability of the mega bullet train project, but would also bring in question as to why are so many trains currently running between these two stations.

But as has been the case with many news reports in the past, this conclusion too was drawn based on a malicious spin of the actual RTI query.

Soon after the 40% vacancy reports started gaining traction, Piyush Goyal put out a tweet which debunked the whole charge:

As per the clarification issued by the Western Railway, Ravinder Bhakar, their chief PRO clarified that the RTI reply by the railways was based on a specific query made about the number of passengers boarding at Mumbai Central and then alighting at Ahmedabad.

That is, it didn’t include the figures about other scenarios like:

  • Passengers boarding at Mumbai Central and getting down an an intermediary station before Ahmedabad
  • Passengers boarding at any other en-route station and getting down at Ahmedabad
  • Passengers boarding at an en-route station and alighting at an intermediary station

As per the railway press release, factoring in these scenarios, the total occupancy even in the off season of July to September was more than 100%. There are a total of 9 trains in between Mumbai and Ahmedabad which have a total berth potential of 8,03,150. With regards to that, the total booking from 1st July to 30th September was 8,30,978. The same was the case for the trains’ return journey.

Also when it comes to the 25 trains which ply from Mumbai and have Ahmedabad as an intermediary station, the total booking was 12,30,585 as opposed to the capacity of 10,70,719, which translates to a 115% occupancy. For the return journey the occupancy was 121%.

So clearly, not only do trains on this route not have a 40% vacancy, they actually have an excess demand.

This raises the question as to why did media not 1st check in with the Western Railway authorities before running the report, which could have avoided this whole situation.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Hemant Bijapurkar
Contributor at OpIndia.com, Wish to write a great trilogy someday!

Related Articles

Trending now

Madhya Pradesh is preparing to change the names of Bhopal, Idgah Hills, Obedullahganj, Begumganj and others: Report

The BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh is preparing to change the names of numerous places at once, which includes Bhopal.

Congress IT cell passes off old images of left parties rally to claim lakhs of people attended their rally in Bengal

Several Congress shared images of a political rally claiming lakhs of people had gathered in Kolkata for a Congress rally

Gujarat local body polls: State Congress President Hardik Patel could not vote for his own party. Here is why

Earlier, sedition accused Hardik Patel had said that Congress has not been able to utilise him fully.

Watch: Mother of BJP worker recounts the horror of Friday when Trinamool goons attacked her and her son

Visuals of the old injured mother of the BJP worjer has caused much anguish among people on social media

Punjabi daily Rozana Pehredar tries to whitewash atrocities of Khalistani terrorist Bhindranwale

Rozana Pehredaar compared Bhindranwale with revered Sikhs like Baba Deep Singh and Amar Shaheed baba Naudh Singh

Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi day after show of strength in Jammu, netizens take potshots at Congress party

Ghulam Nabi Azad hinted at the lack of 'reality check' within the party while praising Narendra Modi for not forgetting his roots.

Recently Popular

US President Joe Biden casually drops the N-word during Munich Security Conference, accused of racism on social media

The N-word is considered as one of the hateful words that were first uttered in the 17th century. Its origin can be traced back to the Spanish word 'negro', which is often used by white supremacists to deliberately offend the African-American community.

‘I’m Akhlaq you killed for one cow’: Islamic terror outfit Jaish-ul-Hind claims responsibility for placing bombs outside Mukesh Ambani’s residence

In the threat message that is addressed to the Ambanis, the Jaish-Ul-Hind terrorists said, "Next time the SUV will ram into your fat kids car you if don't agree to the demands now".

“A contest between my ball and your ball”: Netizens in splits after comments of Harsha Bhogle go viral

Harsha Bhohgle said that a cricket contest should be between bat and ball, not between bat and bat or ball and ball

Father of Richa Bharti, the girl who had refused to distribute Quran to secure bail, shot dead in native Bihar village: Read details

The father of the daring Bihar girl Richa Bharti has been shot down by assailants in her native village of Nalanda district in Bihar.

Spokesperson of Samajwadi Party resigns after workers abuse his wife for sharing anti-Akhilesh Facebook post: Details

Anil Yadav of Samajwadi Party has resigned from the party after his wife, Pankhuri Pathak, was abused by SP workers.

Ram Mandir donation crosses the Rs 2,100 crore mark, exceeds estimated collection

Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust had anticipated that it might receive around Rs 1,100 crore for building the Ram temple complex as it launched the crowdfunding campaign on January 15.
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

253,147FansLike
521,027FollowersFollow
23,800SubscribersSubscribe