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All eyes on rail budget

- Bokaro seeks trains while Ranchi feels the pinch as new ticket prices come into effect
Bokaro station on Wednesday. (Pankaj Singh)

The clamour for new trains, more halts and better passenger facilities has once again gained ground in Bokaro ahead of the presentation of Union railway budget on July 8.

At least four memoranda from the district have been sent to Union railway minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

While Giridih MP Ravindra Pandey and his Dhanbad counterpart P.N. Singh sent letters to Delhi immediately after the railway budget date was announced on Monday, JMM forwarded its list of 11 demands on Tuesday, while Bokaro Chamber of Commerce wrote on Wednesday.

Bokaro Chamber of Commerce has pressed for trains to southern and western India. “Janshatabdi Express should be introduced from Bokaro till Howrah via Dhanbad. We also want Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and Jharkhand Swarna Jayanti Express to run through Bokaro daily,” president Manoj Chowdhury said.

The JMM has threatened agitation if its demands of a booking counter for women at Bokaro station, extension of Hatia-Patna Express till Buxar and extension of Coalfield Express were not met.

Pandey has sought halts of Amritsar-Jalianwala Bagh Express, Ranchi-Alipurduar Express, Hatia-Lokmanya Tilak Express and Patna-Ranchi Janshatabdi Express at Chandrapura station.

Dhanbad’s P.N. Singh has also pleaded for new trains to southern states as a large number of Bokaro students also study outside the district.


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