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Festive rush crowds trains

Chhath round the corner, all Bihar-bound trains originating or passing through Tatanagar are witnessing a crazy rush of passengers.

Three trains that originate from Tatanagar — Tata-Chhapra Express, Tata-Danapur Express and the Tata-Patna South Bihar Express — are already booked to capacity and have no seats/berths available for November 17, 18 and 19. In fact, railway officials said the rush was expected to remain till the end of this month.

Officials at the computerised ticket-booking centre at Tatanagar said other trains cutting through Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, mostly en route to Delhi like the Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express and Neelanchal Express, among others, also had long waiting lists.

“Trains connecting Tatanagar with Bihar are packed to capacity. The waiting list on two such trains — South Bihar Express and Tata-Chhapra Express — has already crossed the 150 mark,” said Rajendra Prasad, the officiating station manager at Tatanagar.

He added that Chhath was an important festival for the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh and hence they had expected the rush.

“There are plans to give additional coaches on some trains,” Prasad said.

Passengers, many of whom are Tata employees or city-based businessmen, are hoping that the extra coaches will help in easing the rush.