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SER increases trips of Shalimar-Jaipur Summer Special Express

Jamshedpur , June 16 : Adhering to the demands of the local businessmen and traders, the South Eastern Railway (SER) on Friday notified two additional trips for the Shalimar-Jaipur Weekly AC Summer Special Express, which goes via Tatanagar railway station.

Officials at Garden Reach, headquarters of South Eastern Railway today said that in view of the demands of the passengers they have decided that the train will have two trips from Santragachi on June 19 and 26, bookings for which will begin tomorrow.

The last two trips of the train on June 5 and June 12 were cancelled due to want of bookings.

As earlier there was no direct train to Jaipur from Tatanagar, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( SCCI) in June first week had demanded the railways toIn view of large number traders visting Jaipur, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( SCCI) on Sunday shot off a letter to Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu demanding regularisation of the Shalimar-Jaipur AC Special train, which goes via Tatanagar railway station.

Tatanagar station manager O.P Sharma today said that they have received a communique in this regard from the SER’s Kolkata-based headquarters. ” On both the days ( on June 19 and 26) the train will leave Santragachi at 8.20 pm and reach Tatanagar at midnight ( 12am) . After five minutes halt the train will leave for its onward journey. The June 19 train will reach Jaipur on June 21 and the train for June 26 will reach the destination station on June 28,” said Sharma.

The senior railway official said that depending on the response of the next two trips, a decision might be taken by the SER headquarter for extending the train. From Jaipur, the train will leave at 12.45pm on June 21 and arrive at Tatanagar at 7.10pm on June 22. After a 5-minute halt, it will proceed to Shalimar the same day. It will follow the same schedule for its June 28 return trip from Jaipur. The train was introduced in the first week of April to clear summer rush.

SCCI had demanded a train to Jaipur keeping in view a large population of Rajasthanis in the steel city. Businessmen want a direct train to Jaipur where they have to go for business. In the absence of a direct train to Jaipur, they are required to travel to Howrah to board a train for Jaipur.

The train with six AC-II, 10 AC-III coaches and two EOG (end on generation) power cars (carrying DG sets) stops at Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Pendra Road, Katni, Murwara, Damoh, Sagour, Guna , Kota, BansthaliNiwai, Durgapura and Jaipur.

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