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Long waiting lists in train may play spoilsport in summer holidays

Jamshedpur, May 10: If you have planned summer holidays a bit late then you might face disappointments. All the trains running from and via Tatanagar has long waiting list for the next one month. And there is no guarantee that you will get for getting seats confirmed because the berth in the trains are full from more than one month back.

Along with sleeper, AC coaches are also full and there is long waiting list. This year the summer vacations in schools began a bit earlier and the parents had their train reservations also in advance so that children don’t face last minute glitch. Along with the Howrah-Mumbai route, trains to hill stations and religious places are running with long waiting list.

There are no seats available in Alleppy Express, Purushottam Express, Yashwantpur Express, Azad Hind Express, Geetanjali Express in the month of May. Several trains running to Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Haridwar, Jammu and Himachal Pradesh are already in big waiting list.

Staffs at the Tatanagar reservation counter said, the trains running to these routes especially in the month of May and June are in waiting list.

There is higher demand for trains running towards New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and South India.

People planning a trip with their wards to hill station or other places are facing disappointment. This year South Eastern Railway has introduced just one summer special train which is won�t pose much of the relief to the passengers.

In the year 2015, railway had run five special trains in summer including Tatanagar-Patna Superfast, Tatanagar-Vishakhapatnam Express, Santragachi- Anand Vihar, Howarh-Pune via Tatanagar and Howrah-Ahmedabad via Tatanagar which benefited the passengers a lot.

According to railway officials, in April-May every year the passengers number is at its peak when comparing it with other time of the year as students leave for other states and cities for higher education. Summer vacation also falls in the same time and people go for holidays to hill stations and religious places.

�Like every year, this year too additional coaches are being provided in long distance trains depending on long reservation list. The rush for ticket bookings for travel during the summer vacation is at its peak. Extra coaches will help to ease the rush,� said a public relations officer at Garden Reach.

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