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Chhath: Occupancy in Bihar bound trains from Jamshedpur 100 per cent

Jamshedpur: Trains and busses heading for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are packed with passengers due to rush of devotees. Passengers are seeking reservation on other trains too, that are crossing some important junctions in Bihar besides the two Bihar bound trains South Bihar and Tata Chhapra trains have reported 100 percent occupancy due to Chhath festival,” informed an official.

The reservation lists of three Bihar-bound trains — Tata-Chhapra Express, Tata-Danapur Express and Tata-Patna South Bihar Express — show zero availability of seats from November second week till the end of the months.

For the convenience of the travelling passengers and to clear extra rush during Diwali, Chhath and Winter holidays, South Eastern Railway has decided to temporarily add extra coaches in the Bihar bound trains. The coaches will be added in next two days.

“Trains plying between Tatanagar and various destinations of Bihar are already packed to capacity because of the heavy passenger rush and the waiting list of the two popular Bihar-bound trains, South Bihar Express and Tata-Chhapra, has already crossed the 100 mark,” said an official at Tatanagar.

Even so, many passengers are unable to reserve seats and were stuck in serpentine queues in front of booking counters. The waiting lists on the important trains had crossed the 100 mark, railway sources said.

 â€œWe are aware that the trains are running full and some of the passengers are facing problems. But the railways are trying to cope. We want everyone to come down to their families in Chhath,” noted the official. He said that that adequate arrangement at the platform is being made to deal with the rush and avoid commotion and trouble.

U K Srivastava, a senior functionary, Chotanagpur Passengers Association said that thousands of people from the steel city and other places visit Bihar during this time to celebrate Chhath with their families there, and as a result, getting reservations become difficult.

He went on to add that Chhath is an important festival for the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. “Every year people in large number visit their native places. Plans are there to add coaches to several Bihar bound trains to clear the extra rush of passengers. We are expecting a notification in this regard from Garden Reach, headquarters of South Eastern Railways in a day or two,” he said.

An official of Tatanagar said that they are taking extra care this time to provide relief to the commuters travelling in general coaches as they are the ones who have to bear the brunt of the menace created by some anti-social elements.

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