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Trade outfit’s rail wish list

Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has shot a letter to the Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway (SER) on Tuesday, highlighting passenger woes due to inadequate railway amenities.

The letter, written by SCCI vice-president Vijay Anand Moonka and addressed to senior divisional commercial manager of Chakradharpur division A.K. Haldar, highlighted over 30 issues related to Tatanagar and adjoining stations.

Moonka has written about the need to increase the frequency of the weekly Tatanagar-Yeshwantpur Express.

“A large number of Jamshedpureans take the train to go to Bangalore and Tirupati among other places. Now, the train runs weekly and many people are forced to travel to Kharagpur and board a train to Bangalore and other destinations in south India. So, we have requested railways to run the train at least four days a week,” Moonka said.

The senior SCCI functionary has also asked for a pantry car in Shalimar-Bhuj Express, which covers a distance of nearly 2,500km and runs via Tatanagar.

The trade outfit has also demanded renovation and expansion of Govindpur and Adityapur stations so that they can share Tatanagar’s passenger rush. SCCI has suggested that if necessary, passenger amenities are arranged in these stations, a few mail and express trains can originate from there instead of Tatanagar.

SCCI demands also include a plea to arrange for a display of fares for various destinations near ticket counters and reservation centre.

SCCI has appreciated the move to build an entry from the Burmamines-end. But, it has requested Chakradharpur division to make the second entry operational at the earliest so that passengers arriving from Telco, Golmuri, Baridih and Sidhgora can be benefited.

Anomalies pertaining to the parking area outside the station have also been highlighted. SCCI suggested measures to streamline things at the enclosure that can accommodate around 500 cars and over 1,000 two-wheelers.