Jamshedpur : The South Eastern Railway ( SER) has decided to introduce a special train between Howrah-Mumbai that will pass via Tatanagar to cope with the rush of passengers during Puja.
Officials at the South Eastern Railway headquarters at Garden Reach in Kolkata said that the train would ply weekly . The Howrah-Mumbai train is expected to run from September 21. The train will ply for a month.
“An official notification is yet to be issued. However, a decision has been taken to ply a special train between Howrah and CSTM keeping in view the surge of passengers,” said an official at Garden Reach. The train will have a second AC coach, three third ACs, seven sleeper coaches , four general and two parcel vans.
The train will leave CSTM on Tuesday afternoon at 1.20 pm. It will reach Tatanagar railway station the next day ( Wednesday) at 2.15 pm. After a five minutes halt the train will leave for its onward journey.
On its return journey the train will leave Howrah on Thursday evening at 6.30 pm. The train will reach Tatanagar at 10 pm. After a 10-minutes stoppage the train will leave for onward journey.
Meanwhile, the computerised reservation centre at Tatanagar has already recorded a climb in booking. Names on the waiting list have crossed the 100 mark for most long-distance mail and express trains headed towards New Delhi, Mumbai , Patna and other destinations.
The officials at the ticket reservation counter here said that in almost all the long distance trains waiting list has virtually reached the ‘no room’ stage. “From Durga puja to Chhat we expect the passengers rush to maintain the same trend and it is therefore additional arrangements are being made on temporary basis,” said a senior booking official at the Tatanagar ticket booking counter.
The computerised reservation centre at Tatanagar has already recorded a climb in booking. Names on the waiting list have crossed the 100 mark for most long-distance mail and express trains headed towards New Delhi, Mumbai and Patna.
SER, Garden Reach, Kolkata issued orders to add additional number of coaches to the trains ferrying from Tatanagar. “During the pujas, people traveling between New Delhi and Kolkata increases in manifold so it is essential to ensure proper journey of the passengers. We are also planning to start new facilities for bookings and other for the passengers,” noted a senior officer of SER.
Meanwhile the decision of SER to introduce coaches has given people a reason to smile. “The decision is a welcome move from the Railways. This would ensure peaceful journey.
One can look forward to meet relatives and friends during the festive season,” said U K Srivastava, a senior functionary of Chottanagpur Passengers’ Association.
The waiting lists in several of the trains like Howrah-Mumbai Geetanjali Express, Sambalpur-Howrah Ispat Express, Puri-New Delhi Puroshottam Express, Howrah-Ahmedabad Express is almost exhausted.