Jamshedpur, March 21: With the festival of colors Holi round the corner, all Bihar-bound trains and buses from the city are witnessing heavy rush and getting a confirmed ticket has become a tiresome job.
According to information received from the Railways, especially the reservation centre at Tatanagar railway station, all the major Bihar-bound trains, including Tata-Chhapra Express, Tata-Danapur Express and Tata-Patna South Bihar Express, are witnessing a heavy rush.
The waiting list has crossed the 100 mark for all trains. Moreover, there is no seat/ berth availability till March 30.
However, South Eastern Railway (SER) will run a pair of Holi special trains from Tatanagar to Patna and Tatangar to Darbhanga on March 22. The festival will be celebrated on March 23 and 24 in this part of the country.
According to a SER notification, the proposed Tatanagar-Patna Holi Special Express will leave Tatanagar on March 22 at 9.15p.m. It will reach Patna at 9.30 a.m. on the next day. On its return journey, the train will leave Patna at 10.45 a.m. on March 23 and will arrive at Tatanagar at 9.30 p.m. on the same day.
The Patna-bound train comprises 19 coaches including 2 AC 2-tier, 6 AC 3-tier, 6 sleeper class, 3 second class and 2 luggage vans, and it will stop at Purulia, Joychandipahar, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Madhupur, Jasidih, Jhajha, Kiul, Mokama, Bhakhtiyarpur and Patna Sahib stations.
The other train, the Tatanagar-Darbhanga Holi Special Express, will leave Tatanagar on March 22 at 10.35 p.m. It will take around 15 hours to reach Darbhanga. On return journey, the train will leave at 4.05 p.m. on March 23 and will reach Tatanagar at 8.55 a.m. on March 24.
This train will also have 19 coaches with same composition. The train will halt at Bokaro, Dhanbad, Chittaranjan, Madhupur, Jasidih, Jha Jha, Keul, Barauni and Samastipur.
Moreover, trains like the Purushottam Superfast Express, Neelanchal Express and other long-distance trains that travel via Bihar are also facing similar situation. Workers hailing from Bihar tend to visit their native village during Holi leading to the heavy rush.
“Like every year this time too, the trains traveling to Bihar are witnessing a heavy rush.
It is that time of the year when people like to visit their native place for celebrating Holi. 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.
He added that the railway administration should also plan at least two to three trains like they do during other festivals.
Meanwhile, the Bihar-bound buses are also witnessing a similar situation. “There is a huge rush for bookings due to Holi and the rush for bookings this year is more when compared to last year,” said Rakesh Prasad, a bus operator. He said that the Holi season is peak time for them and they look forward to the festival every year.