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Holi rush for train tickets, extra coaches for Bihar-bound trains soon

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Jamshedpur, March 5: The festive mood is back in Jamshedpur and so is the familiar rush of hundreds struggling for train tickets at various reservation centers of Tatanagar.

With the festival of colors round the corner, seats in all Bihar-bound buses and trains including those to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh via Bihar have been booked. Getting confirmed berths on trains has become nearly impossible.

The reservation lists of three Bihar-bound trains – Tata-Chhapra Express, Tata-Danapur Express and Tata-Patna South Bihar Express – already show zero availability for first 15 days of March.

Officials at the computerized reservation centre at Tatanagar revealed that long-distance trains via Bihar such as Puri-New Delhi-Purushottam Superfast Express, Neelanchal Express and others also had long waiting lists.

Passengers, many of who are employees of Tata Steel and its associate companies or businessmen, have demanded extra coaches in trains heading for Bihar to ease the rush. The Chhottanagpur Passengers’ Association has also voiced the same demand. “People like to visit their native place during Holi.

It is the railways’ duty to make temporary arrangements. We have requested the South Eastern Railway to provide extra coaches in Bihar-bound trains to ease the rush,” said a senior functionary of Chhotanagpur Passengers’ Association.

Long queues of passengers are common sight at station. The festival of colors is one of the few occasions when people, mostly students living outside the state, come home. At the same time, thousands of Biharis who live in Jharkhand also plan trip to their native places.

“There is a huge rush for train bookings due to Holi and in many trains the waiting list for some destinations is running into a few hundreds. The rush for bookings this year is more when compared to last year,” said senior railway official.

Passengers, many of who are employees of Tata Steel and government units or businessmen based in the steel city, have demanded extra coaches in trains heading for Bihar to ease the rush. The Chhotanagpur Passenger Association has also demanded additional coaches to avoid chaos.

“It is that time of the year when people like to visit their native place for celebrating Holi. It’s the railways’ duty to make arrangements. We have requested the South Eastern Railway to provide extra coaches in Bihar bound trains to ease the rush,” said U K Srivastava, a senior functionary of the Chhotanagpur Passenger Association.

Station manager at Tatanagar, Awtar said the railways added extra coaches to trains during Holi every year. “This year, too, we have requested the Garden Reach headquarters of South Eastern Railway to provide extra coaches in Bihar-bound trains,” he said.

“We are of the opinion that one train can’t serve the purpose, especially when the rush is going on increasing every year. The railway administration should plan at least two to three trains like they do during other festivals,” said an official of Chhotanagpur Passenger Association.

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