The Indian Government has said that rail passenger traffic has seen a dip of 4 to 5 per cent this year due to economic slowdown, media reported.
Commenting on the issue, Northern Railways Assistant General Manager S K Agarwal told the media, "One of the reasons behind the passenger traffic depreciating is economic slowdown. Naturally, people will travel less when business goes down. A poor man will also travel less."
"This is across the country, specifically in un-reserved category. In reserved segment, it has increased, but in unreserved, it has come down. Better infrastructure and improved road connectivity also had an impact on the short-distance rail traffic," he added.
As per reports, trains like Shatabdi and other express trains still managed to retain their travellers as they are long-distance trains.
It is the small distance travelers and daily passengers, who travel between 100-125 km whose number has seen a decline.