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Clamour for new trains
- Meet on rail amenities

Dhanbad railway users’ consultative committee on Friday demanded introduction of trains to New Delhi, Bangalore and other southern states, besides stoppage of existing trains at various stations in the district.

The committee members raised these demands in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Dhanbad DRM B.B. Singh at his office.

Besides Singh, several officials of Dhanbad railway division, including senior DCM Dayananad were present.

According to the committee, there had been an increase in number of passengers to New Delhi, Banglore and Chennai from Dhanbad. So more trains for these destinations were required under East Central Railway.

The members further pointed out that the existing train to the national capital — Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express — had a technical halt at Gomoh station.

“This should be converted into a commercial stoppage for the passengers’ benefit,” a member Rajesh Kumar Gupta said in the meeting.

Gupta later told The Telegraph that as a fresh railway budget would be presented by a new government after four months, the consultative committee had put up rational demands like pantry cars in all long distance trains besides increase in reservation from Dhanbad in trains departing and arriving from Howrah.

The committee also asked for a stoppage of Howrah-Garib Rath Express and Hatia-Howrah Express at Katras station.

Senior DCM Dayananad said they would put forward all the demands to railway board for future action.