The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Bail-out plan in station shutdown

Anticipating a large-scale conveyance chaos on September 12 and 13 — when the route relay interlocking (RRI) system will be installed at Howrah station — the state government has resolved to deploy a large number of buses and other means of transport in the Howrah division to bail out commuters.

An additional fleet of CTC and CSTC buses, along with autorickshaws, trekkers and taxis, will help office-goers reach Howrah from various suburban stations where trains will terminate, to allow work on the RRI system.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting on Thursday, attended by senior railway and state transport department officials. The RRI installation, which officials said was due for five years, would cost around Rs 3.5 crore.

Railway officials said all mail and express and most passenger trains of Eastern and South Eastern Railways will enter and leave Howrah on September 12. The station will, however, remain closed for work the next day.

“We are making adequate arrangements to pick up and drop passengers from various points where trains will terminate,” said Prashant, joint secretary, state transport department.

Officials said the CTC would run 15 additional buses in the Bally, Liluah and Belur circuit, carrying commuters to and from Howrah. An adequate number of CSTC buses will also ply, connecting Howrah and Santragachi stations on the South Eastern Railway section.

Additional ferry services will be operated from the Belur Math jetty to Howrah station and Fairly Place to Babughat.

“We will ask taxi unions to run their vehicles till Santragachhi for passengers who will catch long-distance trains from there,” an official said.

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