Cheers chug in: Ranchi station
Festive vacations mean large families travelling together, suitcases and backpacks bursting with gifts for everyone. Logically, it also means more trains and coaches.
Keeping this in mind, Ranchi and Chakradharpur railway divisions have made arrangements to help people plan Puja and Diwali getaways.
Ranchi division will give special trains for three routes, Ranchi-Saharsa, Ranchi-Katihar and Hatia-Yesvantpur, while Ranchi-New Delhi and Ranchi-Howrah trains will get extra coaches.
Starting from Monday evening, the Ranchi-Saharsa train will run on all Mondays till November 26. Return trains from Katihar to Ranchi are scheduled every Tuesday till November 27, beginning from Tuesday.
Likewise, Ranchi-Katihar trains from Ranchi will run every Wednesday and Sunday from October 3 to November 28. Return trains from Katihar to Ranchi are scheduled on all Thursdays and Mondays from October 4 to November 29.
For those going to Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Ranchi division will run Hatia-Yesvantpur special train on Thursdays from October 4 to November 29. Return train from Yesvantpur to Hatia is planned on Saturdays from October 6 to December 1.
Popular trains to get additional coaches during this festive season include Hatia-Howrah Express, Ranchi-Howrah-Ranchi Intercity Express and Ranchi-New Delhi Garibrath Express.
“We believe special trains and extra coaches for important trains will help ease festive travel,” said Sunil Kumar, additional divisional manager of Ranchi railway division.
Hatia-Howrah Express will get an another sleeper coach from Monday evening and do so till month-end. The train from Howrah, Howrah-Hatia Express will get an extra sleeper coach from October 5 to December 4.
Ranchi-Howrah-Ranchi Intercity Express already got an extra general coach from August 2 till September 29, but the railways extended it for this train till year-end.
Ranchi-New Delhi-Ranchi Garibrath Express too, is to get an additional AC 3 coach from Monday evening till December 1.
Railway authorities at Tatanagar said extra coaches would be added to long-distance trains, including Tata-Alleppey Express, Tata-Yesvantpur Express and Tata-Amritsar Jallianwala Bagh Express.
“Special weekly trains will also be launched in view of the rush. We hope to get two special trains between Howrah and Mumbai and Howrah and New Delhi like last year. A notification from Garden Reach is expected soon,” said Tatanagar station manager Rajeshwar Choudhary.
“We really appreciate these gestures by the railways,” said Ranchi-based Ashok Nagpal, divisional railway users’ consultative committee member.