Shimla: Northern Railways have withdrawn Kalka-Shimla Shivalik (duplicate) couch from the world heritage route from today onwards as it had turned unprofitable after low occupancy due to closure of the summer tourist season, Shimla-based senior railway official told HimVani.
According to Shimla superintendent of Northern Railways, GS Rajput, the train was introduced on the world heritage route on April, 22, 2010 as a special train to cope up with rising number of tourists flocking the hills.
Last year the train was in service on this track till July 30, 2010, but this year it has been withdrawn 25 days in advance due to low turnout of passengers. Citing the cause of early withdrawal of Shivalik couch, officials blamed high fare of Rs 265/ head against the normal fare of Rs 36/ per head being charged in others trains on the track. Moreover, an 18-seater rail car was introduced on this route this summer seasons, which has now been regularized,