The Kalka-Shimla heritage line was put back into service on Sunday after five months with two special passengers.
The Solan to Shimla train carried two candidates who had appeared today for the National Defense Academy (NDA) exams.
Amar Singh Thakur, Chief Commercial Inspector of the Kalka-Shimla Railway, told ANI: “This special train was launched amid the COVID-19 pandemic to help candidates taking the National Defense Academy (NDA) exam in India, To enable the transport carried out by the audit of the Union Civil Service Commission across India. “
“This morning two passengers rode this train over a distance of 47 kilometers. The same train would return in the evening and we expect more travelers, ”Thakur said.
This train has a capacity of 248 passengers, he added.
Anurag Sharma, an applicant and passenger, said, “I came from Solan to take the NDA exam. I chose this train because it is more comfortable and safer compared to the bus. “
Union Railroad Secretary Piyush Goyal said Friday that Indian Railways’ Central Railways will operate 23 special trains to assist candidates for the National Defense Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) exams. These fully reserved special trains run on September 4th, 5th and 6th.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is conducting National Defense Academy (NDA) entrance exams today, days after the Common Entrance Exam (Main) began across the country.
The exam, which was previously scheduled for April 19th, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Compared to previous years, exams NDA 1 and NDA 2 will be held on the same day across the country due to the ongoing pandemic.