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Purushottam Superfast Express to stop at Chandil and Ghatshila from October

Jamshedpur, Sept. 26: In view of festive season, South Eastern Railway has decided to provide stoppages of both the up and down Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express at Chandil ( in Seraikela-Kharsawan district ) and Ghatshila ( in East Singhbhum district) railway stations from next month.

The most sought after superfast train between the two destinations that also travels via Tatanagar, will stop at Chandil w.e.f from October 5 and at the Ghatsila railway station from October 12.

A spokesperson of South Eastern Railway said, ” In view of rising public demand the decision for stoppages at the two railway stations was taken. The stoppages of the train at both the stations will be provided on an experimental basis for six months. Depending on the response in terms of revenue collection through sale of tickets at both the stations, the stoppages would be regularised.”

The offices of the divisional railway manager of Kharagpur ( as Ghatshila falls under Kharagpur division) and Adra ( Chandil falls under Adra division) have been asked to keep a tab on the sale of tickets at the stations and send reports to Garden Reach, the Kolkata-based headquarters of South Eastern Railway.

According to a schedule released by South Eastern Railway, the Up train from Puri will arrive Chandil station at 7.40 am . After a two-minutes halt the train will leave Chandil at 7.42 am for its onward journey. While the Dn train from New Delhi will arrive chandil at 7.12 pm and after two-minutes halt the train will leave for its onward journey at 7.14 pm.

Similarly, the Up train from Puri will arrive at Ghatshila at 5.54 am and after a two minutes halt it will leave the station at 5.56 am. The return train from New Delhi will arrive Ghatshila at 8.48 pm and after two minutes halt the train will leave the station at 8.50 pm. The arrival and departures of the superfast train will remain unaltered in other railway stations including Tatanagar as per the schedule.

The Chhotanagpur Passenger Association has welcomed the decision. ” The Railway board has taken a wise decision. It will prevent passengers from Ghatshila and Chandil, who usually travels to Tatanagar for catching the train,” said U Srivastava, a senior functionary of the passengers’ outfit.

Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express. The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers.

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