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5 trains for NaMo rally

Not only roads, tracks are also leading to Narendra Modiís major rally in the state capital on December 29.

Determined to amass support for their prime ministerial candidate from all corners of the state, the BJP has booked five special trains to ferry its supporters and workers to Ranchi for attending the Vijay Sankalp Rally.

The trains, originating from Pirpainti station in Sahebganj district, Nagar Utari in Palamau district, Deoghar in Deoghar district, Chakulia in East Singhbhum and Noamundi in West Singhbhum, will start on Saturday evening and reach Hatia station in Ranchi district by next morning.

The Noamundi train will be the first to reach the station at 4am. It will be followed by the Chakulia train at 5.35am, Deoghar at 6.30am, Nagar Utari at 7am and Pirpainti at 9.15am.

As the trains will remain at Hatia all day, parking space has been made at the yard.

Station manager of Hatia A. Tirkey said: ďThe trains will start leaving for return journey from 7.45pm till 11pm. The timings for Chakulia, Noamundi, Deoghar, Pirpainti and Nagar Utari are 7.45pm, 8.55pm, 9.30pm, 10pm and 11pm, respectively,Ē he said.

The trains and their halts have been planned in such a manner that party supporters from several places can board them. For example, the one originating from Pirpainti will pass through Sahebganj, bringing all party workers residing on the Sahebganj-Hatia route.

The Nagar Utari train will stop at prominent stations like Ramna, Garhwa and Latehar.

Except the Pirpainti train, which will have 20 coaches, the other four will be of 18 coaches each.

But all coaches will be general.

BJPís Vijay Pandey, who is in-charge of railway arrangements for the rally, said this was the first time that the party had booked special trains to ferry its supporters to a rally in view of the enthusiasm all around to see Modi as the next Prime Minister of India.

Around 25,000 BJP workers are expected to avail of the special rail service.

ďAn amount of Rs 46 lakh at the rate of Rs 50,000 per coach has already been paid to Indian Railways as security. The railways will first deduct the fares, which will be calculated by its commercial department on the basis of kilometres travelled, from the deposit. Thereafter, it will return 50 per cent of the remaining sum after the trains return safe,Ē he said.