South Eastern Railway has announced a number of special trains to contain the huge rush of passengers during Durga Puja, which is about a month away.
A weekly puja special train between Santragachi (Bengal) and Anand Vihar (New Delhi) will run from October 7 to November 25. The train will pass through Tatanagar. Passengers can book tickets from Friday.
Another weekly train connecting Tatanagar and Bhagalpur has been announced. It will be flagged off on October 6.
Railway authorities will also introduce a weekly superfast express between Bhubaneswar and New Delhi from September 9.
This train, however, will not run via Tatanagar, but will pass through Rourkela, Chakradharpur and Muri stations, all under Chakradharpur railway division.
“Depending on the rush, we will also add coaches to regular trains like Howrah-Tata Steel Express in October,” said Tatanagar station manager Awtar Singh.
He added that they were also expecting a special train between Howrah and Mumbai via Tatanagar.
Last year, two special trains between Howrah and Mumbai and Howrah and New Delhi were run by the railways to accommodate passengers during the festive season.
Railway sources said that waiting lists for most long-distance mail and express trains to Delhi, Mumbai and areas in Bihar had already crossed the reservation limit, with more bookings pouring in.