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Extra coach to tackle rush

Holi is synonymous with homecoming for many.

So as the familiar rush for train tickets at reservation centres returns, Dhanbad railway division has decided to make a couple of special arrangements to tackle it.

Though the rush this time is slightly less in comparison to previous years, the railway officials are planning to add extra coaches to different trains. Two officers — a commercial inspector and a supervisor — have been deputed at Dhanbad station to help the passengers.

“We have deputed the commercial supervisors and inspectors. They are on duty at the Passenger Reservation System counter during the morning hours and shift to platforms during the peak hours,” said senior divisional commercial manager of Dhanbad division of East Central Railway Dayanand.

Notably, the rush is most in Bihar and UP bound trains like Ganga-Sutlej Express, Ganga Damodar Express, Dhanbad Gaya Intercity Express and Maurya Express.

Dayanand added, “Though the rush this year is not so much, we are trying to provide at least one extra coach to these trains on March 15.”

Keeping in mind the rush, security has also been beefed up. Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force have increased vigil on trains as well as station to check loot gangs.

Besides policemen in civilian clothes, officers from the crime branch have also been deputed at the station.

“We have also pressed into the service a dog squad,” said officer-in-charge of RPF thana in Dhanbad D.K. Singh.