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Festive season rush for train tickets

The festive mood is back in Jamshedpur and so is the familiar rush of hundreds jostling for train tickets at various reservation centres of Tatanagar.

Railway officials said that the waiting lists for most long-distance mail and express trains headed towards New Delhi, Mumbai and Patna on the days of Durga Puja had already crossed the 100 mark with requests for booking still pouring in.

Sources said that the reservation list for the Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express had touched the “no room” (no more bookings permitted) status for October 19, 20 and 26. Apart from this, confirmed berths were also not available on the Howrah-Mumbai Geetanjali Express, Howrah-Pune Azad Hind Express, Mumbai Mail, Tata Jammu Tawi Express and Tata-Alleppey Express any time after October 10 till the end of Durga Puja.

Officials at the Tatanagar computerised railway reservation centre said additional coaches would be added to several long-distance trains, which included the Tata-Alleppey Express, Tata-Yesvantpur Express and Tata-Amritsar Jallianwala Bagh Express.

The waiting lists of trains like Tata-Patna South Bihar Express, Puri-Nizamuddin Utkal Express and Purushottam Express had already touched 120 or more for the first week of October.

“Special weekly trains will also be introduced to clear the rush. A notification will soon be issued by South Eastern Railway headquarters,” said Rajeshwar Choudhary, station manager of Tatanagar.

He added that last year two special trains, between Howrah-Mumbai and Howrah-New Delhi, had been run by the railways to accommodate passengers.

Meanwhile, senior divisional commercial manager of Chakradharpur K.N. Biswas said he had asked the railway officials at Tatanagar to take steps to ensure cleanliness and upkeep of waiting halls and dormitories.

A team of railway officials from Chakradharpur division inspected Tatanagar station on Saturday in this regard.