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Vacation plans trigger ticket rush

- Long waiting lists on long-distance trains, plea for extra coaches

If you are planning a train journey this summer, prepare to sweat with worry if you donít book your tickets soon.

Advance booking under Chakradharpur division has gained pace in view of approaching vacation in city schools.

Sources in computerised reservation counters at Tatanagar revealed tickets for several long-distance trains to New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai were already booked.

Waiting lists in some of these trains, including Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express, Howrah-Mumbai Mail and Howrah-Mumbai Geetanjali Express, has crossed the 150-mark for the first two weeks of May.

Howrah-Kurla Express and other trains originating from Tatanagar, such as Tata-Alleppey Express, Tata-Jallianwalla Bagh Express, Tata-Yeshwantpur Express and Tata-Patna South Bihar Express, also boast long waiting lists.

In an attempt to contain the summer rush, South Eastern Railway (SER) has also introduced a bi-weekly special train between Shalimar (near Calcutta in Shibour) and Gondia (in Maharashtra) via Tatanagar. While the train is mooted to run till the first week of May, railway sources said it might also be extended for a couple of weeks depending on the rush.

Tatanagar station manager Awtar Singh said they were trying to introduce additional bogies to cope with the rush.

ďWe have also sent requisitions to SER headquarters at Garden Reach, Calcutta, to provide extra coaches for long-distance trains that are in heavy demand. We hope to get a positive response from them,Ē he said.

Railway officials added that keeping in mind passenger convenience, they decided to open an extra ticket-booking counter at the station later this month onwards.


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