Jamshedpur, Sep 20: In order to meet the festive rush, the South Eastern Railway ( SER) has announced a special train between Howrah and Hatia from September 30. The special train will be in service for three months till December 31 and will go via Tatanagar railway station.
According to a notification issued by the Kolkata-based headquarters of SER on Saturday, the Howrah-Hatia Special (08615) will leave Howrah daily at 9.30 pm. The train will reach Hatia at 6.30 am the next day. In the opposite direction, the Hatia-Howrah Special (08616) will leave Hatia daily at 9.40 pm and will arrive at Howrah at 6.30 am the next day.
The Up train from Howrah will reach Tatanagar railway station at 1.40am while the return train from Hatia will reach Tatanagar at around 2.15am.
The special train comprises one first AC, two AC two-tier, four AC three-tier, eleven sleeper class and two general second class coaches will stop at Mecheda, Kharagpur, Jhargram, Ghatsila, Tatanagar, Muri and Ranchi between the two destinations- Howrah and Hatia. The return train Hatia-Howrah Special (08616) will also stop at Santragachi.
“From Durga puja to Chhat we expect the passenger rush to maintain the same trend and therefore additional arrangements are being made on a temporary basis,” said a senior booking official at the Tatanagar ticket booking counter.
Meanwhile, the decision of SER to introduce a special train has given people a reason to smile. “ Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals of east India. Every year the rush of passengers increases. I think the authorities should make proper arrangements to ensure hassle free travel,” said a senior functionary of Chotanagpur Passengers’ Association.
The Tatanagar railway station is the only A1-category railway station under Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway ( SER). In view of the pandemic around a dozen trains pass through the station these days. The footfall of passengers had also come down drastically however, with reducing numbers of Covid cases, the footfall is increasing.