Jamshedpur, Aug. 6: The East Coast Railway will introduce a weekly special express between Tatanagar and Puri from August 10 for a four-month trial run. According to information, if the train gets good response, the train may make it to the permanent timetable.
South Eastern Railway (SER) spokesperson said the Puri express is being introduced to in view of demand of passengers for a direct link to the tourist destination from Tatanagar.
The up Puri-Tata Weekly Special (08407) will leave Puri on Wednesdays at 9.25pm. The train will reach Tatanagar on Thursdays at 10.45am after a journey of over 13 hours. Between Puri and Tatanagar, its will stop at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jakhapura, Sukinda, Harichandanpur, Nayagarh, Jaroli, Banspani, Dongaposi, Chaibasa and Rajkharsawan.
On the return route, the down train (08408) will leave Tatanagar every Thursdays at 12.15 p.m., its maiden journey beginning on August 11. The train, after chugging along the same route, will reach Puri at 11.45 p.m. the same day.
The 18-bogie train will have one AC-II coach, two AC-III coaches, nine second-class sleepers, four general compartments and two luggage vans.
The train will make 15 trips between the two destinations till November 17.
The Tatanagar station assumes importance in view because it is located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route. 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.
Officials in Garden Reach, headquarters of the South Eastern Railway said that owing to good response and revenue earning through ticket sale, it will be decided to continue the train.
“We are happy over the railway’s decision for direct train. It will help the tourists,” said an official of the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
Located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route Tatanagar is an important station. 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.