Railway sees ticket sales fall by 50%

Western Railway (WR) lost around 50% of its revenue from suburban ticket sales due to the bridge collapse on Tuesday. The railway also refunded passengers who had purchased suburban and long-distance tickets but couldn’t use its services as they were suspended.

Railway officials said they earned around Rs. 93 lakh from ticket sales on Wednesday, while the daily average revenue is Rs. 2 crore. Following the mishap on Tuesday morning, WR could run trains in only two sections: Churchgate-Bandra and Goregaon-Virar.

WR’s Mumbai Division returned around Rs. 40 lakh to passengers holding reserved tickets owing to cancellation of long-distance trains, Rs. 19,000 for cancellation of unreserved suburban tickets and Rs. 7,100 on non-suburban tickets.

WR short-terminated 14 trains entering the city via stations such as Virar, Vasai and Borivali. Over five long-distance express trains were cancelled including the Mumbai-Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express, while seven trains were rescheduled to depart after 7 p.m. including the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express.

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