On October 4, Railway Minister Lalu Yadav had flagged off the first Garib Rath from Sahrasa to Amritsar. Lalu is champion in hitting more targets with one shot and he probably used the Garib Rath for that purpose.
But it sewems it is being failed to woo the voters of his one-time political constituency Saharasa.
The Garib Rath is the fully AC low-cost train for the poor. But this is not going to help Lalu for a political comeback in the state.
The people said that
the train is actually Amir Rath not Garib Rath. They charge the fare more than double the rate of general compartments. How can we pay that much money? We poor people do not have money to spend to travel in AC trains.
In this peak festival season, the Garib Rath is not attracting too many passengers. The compartments were seen half-empty. The low-fare AC chair car bogies were almost half-empty too.
However, the East Central Railway chief PRO AK Chandra said that
it is true that the response to the train is not so good from Saharasa. But from Amritsar we are hopeful that train will pick up slowly as people get familiar with the new train.