Reservation in various trains shows waiting list between February 28 and March 9
Jamshedpur, Feb 26: Bihar-bound trains and buses are witnessing a huge rush for tickets in view of Holi – the festival of colours which is round the corner.
This year Holi will be celebrated on March 10, which is two weeks away. Railway sources said getting confirmed berths in Bihar-bound trains and also that heading for New Delhi via Patna and Gaya was near impossible now.
Reservation lists in various Bihar-bound trains -Tata-Chhapra Express, Tata-Danapur Express and Tata-Patna South Bihar Express – shows long waiting list between February 28 and March 9.
Morever, trains like -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 that leads to the rush.
“ Like every year this time too, the trains traveling to Bihar are witnessing 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 senior functionary of the Chotanagpur Passenger Association. He added that the railway administration should also plan at least two to three trains like they do during other festivals.
Meanwhile, an official informed that some of the trains will get extra coaches. “This year, too, we have requested the Garden Reach headquarters of South Eastern Railway to provide extra coaches in Bihar-bound trains,” he said.
According to information from the reservation centre at Tatanagar Railway Station, all the major Bihar-bound trains — Tata-Chhapra Express, Tata-Danapur Express and Tata-Patna South Bihar Express — are witnessing a heavy rush.
Meanwhile the Bihar bound buses are also witnessing 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 a bus operator. He said that the Holi season is peak time for them and they look forward to the festival every year.