Diwali Travel Updates: Mumbai Metro Extends Service, Delhi Traffic Advisory, Special Train Launch & More

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Diwali Travel Updates: Mumbai Metro Extends Service, Delhi Traffic Advisory, Special Train Launch & More

Diwali is here! The festival of lights, sweets, and happiness for 2023 is finally here. I am sure many of you might have flown down to your homelands for the celebrations, while some might have also planned a family-friendly trip. But keeping up with the news updates is also very important. Do not worry; we have your back! Here are some important Diwali travel updates:

Diwali Travel Updates

1. MumbaI Metro To Extend Services Till 11 PM For Diwali

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Mumbai commuters Mumbai’s metro, which has grown to be its second lifeblood, can now operate until late at night. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who chairs the MMRDA, has directed that the final metro trains from Yellow Line 2A and Red Line 7 depart at 11 p.m. instead of 10.30 pm. As of Saturday, November 11, there will be an increase in metro timings. The Mumbai Monorail now offers a greater number of services.

2. To Avoid Traffic Congestion, Delhi Police Issues Advisory For Diwali

In order to prevent traffic jams during Diwali and Dhanteras, the Delhi Police released a traffic advisory on Thursday. The police shared the warning on X, formerly known as Twitter, stating that a significant level of traffic is anticipated in the city prior to Diwali, particularly in the areas near big shopping centres.

3. Diwali-Chhath Puja Special Buses Launched From UP

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Special buses for the festival are being operated by UP Roadways as of November 8. There are 180 buses in the special bus service. Bus frequency was raised on numerous routes last year in response to passenger concerns. Among these are brand-new highways connecting Gorakhpur and Lucknow with Ayodhya. There are now thirty-six new buses operating in high-passenger zones.

4. Inter-State Travel Witnesses 19% Increase During Diwali

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RedBus reports that as Diwali, the festival of lights, approaches, there is a surge in seasonally appropriate bookings, with Mumbai travellers booking 19% more tickets this year than they did the previous year. From the standpoint of passenger traffic, Pune, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, and Shirdi were the top four intra-state destinations from Mumbai, making up about 40% of the total demand for bus tickets at that time.

5. Pune’s MSRTC Runs 150 Additional Buses To Meet Diwali Demand

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The MSRTC’s Pune division is operating 150 extra buses throughout the state in response to the increased demand for Diwali. Every bus is filled to capacity. The majority of the buses are filled, and reservations are also at an all-time high. About 750 buses are run by the Pune division each day, and 150 more are currently in service, according to Kailas Patil, Pune’s divisional controller, who spoke with TOI on Thursday.

6. 283 Festival-Special Trains Launched By Indian Railways

Indian Railways has decided to run festival-special trains on Diwali and Chhath Puja Tuesdays in an effort to make your beloved celebrations even more spectacular. During Diwali, Dhanteras, and Chhath Puja, 283 special festival trains will run around the nation to maintain order and provide superior accommodations for the passengers.

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