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Ahead of the festival of colors — Holi — on March 2, the Indian Railways has announced 22 special trains to meet the increased demand by passengers and reduce congestion.

The trains will run on special charges between Mumbai and Jammu, and Pune and Patna.


The Northern Railways has said that the Holi special Jan Sadharan service will be functional with train numbers 02597/02598. This train operates on a weekly basis.

Every Saturday, train No. 02597 will depart from Gorakhpur, till March 10 at 8:25 am and arrive in Mumbai at 12:15 pm the next day.

From February 18, the Holi special train number 02598 is scheduled to depart from Mumbai every Sunday at 2:20 pm, until March 11. It will arrive in Gorakhpur at 6:45 pm the next day, according to the Northern Railways.

The trains — 02597/02598 — between Gorakhpur and Mumbai will have many stops including Basti, Kanpur Central, Jhansi, Habibganj and Kalyan— in both the directions. Khalilabad, Lucknow, Itarsi, Bhusaval and Gonda are other halting points.

Meanwhile, the Holi special train service comprises sixteen general class and "two disabled friendly-cum-luggage van coaches," the Northern Railways was quoted as saying by NDTV.