Jamshedpur, March 6 : The South Eastern Railway (SER) flagged off a AC special train between Santragachi and Hapa( in Gujarat). The train will run via Tatanagar railway station. SER officials said that initially the train will run for one month.
The Santragachi-Hapa AC Special Express will run every Friday. The train will leave Santragachi at 9.05 pm and reach Tatanagar at 12.55 am. After a halt of five minutes, the train will on its onward journey to Hapa. The train will reach Hapa on Sunday at 3.50 pm. On its return journey the train will leave Hapa at 10.40 am on Mondays and arrive at Tatanagar at 1.55 pm the next day. After a five minute halt, it will proceed to Santragachi the same day. The train will reach Santragachi at around 5.45 am
The train with 14 AC three-tiers will halt at Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Damoh, Durg, Gondia, Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Malkapur, Bhusawal, Jalgaon, Surat, Vadodara, Anand, Surendranagar and Rajkot stations.
Sources at the computerised passenger reservation system at Tatanagar said that confirmed tickets are not available in most of the trains for destinations like Mumbai, Delhi and other places. An extra ticket counter was also opened at the computerised passenger reservation system.
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.
“Extra coaches have been attached to some long distance trains from May to clear the rush of passengers. We have also introduced additional coaches slightly ahead of schedule but still the rush is the same,” said an official at Chakradharpur railway reservation control room.
“During the summer vacation, people ferrying between Delhi and Kolkata increases in manifold so it is essential to ensure proper journey of the passengers. We have opened an additional ticket booking counter taking the numbers to seven for the passengers,” noted a senior officer of SER.
“Acknowledging the seriousness of the problem at the peak of the vacations the railway authorities should work alternative measures to check the heavy rush at the ticket booking counter,” said Dr U K Srivastava, secretary, Chotanagpur Passengers Association,(CPA).