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SCCI push for Howrah train

Passenger rush on Steel Superfast Express has prompted trade outfit Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce (SCCI) to write to South Eastern Railway authorities for introducing another morning train from Tatanagar to Howrah.

President of outfit Suresh Sonthalia told The Telegraph on Thursday that they would soon write to general manager of South Eastern Railway Radhey Shyam in this regard.

“A large number of traders and corporate executives travels between Jamshedpur and Calcutta on the Steel express. So, the train witnesses rush for most part of the year. Keeping this in mind, we are asking for another morning besides the superfast express train,” said Sonthalia.

He added that a second train that departed after Steel express would be of great help. “Also, it will be convenient for passengers who find it difficult to board the Steel express that leaves early morning,” he said.

The Steel Superfast Express leaves Tatanagar at 6.15 am. On its return journey, it leaves Howrah at 5.30pm and reaches Tatanagar at 9.40pm.

SCCI member Bharat Vasani said there was a huge demand among traders for a second morning train to Howrah. “We think that the railways will generate a good revenue by introducing another morning train,” he said.

Officials at the South Eastern Railway headquarters at Garden Reach, Calcutta, said that as of now there was no plan to introduce a second train. “If the trade body sends us a proposal for another morning train, we will forward it to the railway board for consideration,” said an official.

Passengers who frequently travel on Steel Superfast Express welcomed the move. “The trade body should have raised this issue much earlier. A second train to Howrah from Tatanagar after the Steel Express is required to contain the rush,” said Amitava Bakshi, a frequent traveller.

Corporate executive Shailesh Singh echoed Bakchi, “It is a welcome step. The trade body should pursue this issue with South Eastern Railway and Railway Board so that a new train is provided between the two destinations at the earliest.”

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