According to a statement issued by the SWR on Saturday, these services shall be in addition to the Shramik specials and the special trains, which are already in operation. However, given their large network, passenger trains were not allowed to resume regular operations during the Unlock 4.
He also rejected media reports that the railways may stop operating about 500 trains.
The key factor in deciding the 80 new trains was the fact that there were many stations from where the migrant workers are going back to their workplace, Yadav said. Of these, 5 pairs of trains will pass through Nagpur.
Reservations for these trains will start from September 10.
"Wherever there is a demand for a particular train and wherever the waiting list is long, we will run a clone train ahead of the actual train, so that the passengers do not face inconvenience", the official said.
The concept of clone trains is being introduced as an experiment by Indian Railways. The decision to run these special trains has been taken keeping the upcoming festivals in mind, which includes Dussehra, Diwali, Chhath Puja and more.
The list of 40 pairs of trains shows that a few will run on routes including Delhi-Gorakhpur, Yashwantpur-Gorakhpur, Muzaffarpur-Valsad, Chhapra-Chennai, Korba-Vishakhapatnam, Puri- Ahmedabad, Dhanbad-Ferozpur and Bhagalpur-Delhi. "This will run in addition to the 230 trains already in operation", he said.
He added that special trains are being run for students for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and also other such requirements.
To a question on bullet trains, Yadav said the bullet train project was progressing well, but the real timeframe for its completion can be gauged within the next three to six months when the status of land acquisition will be ascertained.
As for running trains for candidates appearing in various exams across the country, Yadav said: "We will run trains whenever there is request from the state governments for exams and other such purposes".