New Delhi: The Western Railways has launched a special train on the Mumbai-Delhi rail route to deal with the extra load of passengers. The traffic on the route had increased by 10 per cent following the temporary shutdown of the cash-strapped airline Jet Airways. The Western Railways is also planning to start another special train.

As per the data from the Western Railways, 2,17,814 passengers had travelled on the Mumbai-Delhi rail route between March 15 and April 15. They travelled on five Western Railway trains namely the Rajdhani Express, August Kranti Express, Golden Temple Express, Duranto Express and the Gareeb Rath.

The abrupt temporary closure of Jet Airways due to cash crunch last Wednesday left thousands of passengers in the lurch, forcing the aviation ministry to allot some of its vacant slots across the domestic and international airports to other local carriers in a bid to help mitigate the inconvenience.

Jet Airways on April 17 temporarily suspended all its flights’ operations after it failed to secure interim funding of Rs 400 crore for maintaining even bare minimum operations, informed sources. “With immediate effect, we are compelled to cancel all our international and domestic flights. The last flight will operate today,” Jet Airways informed the exchanges.

The airline said, “Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going… And has decided to go ahead with a temporary suspension of operations.”

(With agency inputs)