Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Winter rush in trains leave passengers in lurch as waiting lists grow

Jamshedpur : The rush for booking train tickets  during the winter vacation is increasing at the Tatanagar railway station with every passing day.

The waiting list for major trains like Tata-Alleppy Express, Howrah-Ahmedabad Express,  Mumbai Mail, Howrah-Mumbai Geetanjali, Howrah-Kurla Express, Jallianwalla Bagh Express,  Tata-Yeshwantpur and South Bihar Express has crossed the 150 mark between December 28 and January 4.

In other trains, the figures are hovering between 100 and 125.

Trains such as Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express, which goes via Tatanagar  and  Howrah-Pune Azad Hind  Express are also witnessing similar rush. Even waiting list tickets are not available on dates like December 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and the first  three days of January, as the reservation quota has reached a no-room status.

Concerned over the situation, the Chakradharpur railway division today  sent a requisition to Garden Reach, headquarters of South Eastern Railway ( SER) for providing additional coaches in those trains in which the rush is more.

” The requisition has been forwarded to our Garden Reach headquarters today,” said a senior official at Chakradharpur division adding that they are also expecting a winter special train between Howrah and Mumbai later this month.  

South Eastern Railway officials said that steps are also made to provide additional sleeper class coaches in some of the long distance trains to meet the rush of passengers during the peak period.

According to officials at the computerised ticket reservation counters at Tatanagar, trains for destinations like Mumbai and New Delhi and those in the south are witnessing a huge rush.“ The rush is because of winter vacation in educational institutions.

Keeping this in view, passengers have already booked their tickets well in advance for different tourist destinations,’ said an official.

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