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Special train for Shravan rush

Jamshedpur, July 13: There is good news for lakhs of kanwariyas travelling to Deoghar and Dumka for the annual Shravani Mela.

The South Eastern Railway will introduce a special bi-weekly Shravani Mela Express that will run between Tatanagar and Jasidih from July 19 to clear the rush of devotees to Baidyanath Dham.

The 10-coach train (eight general compartments and two sleepers) will run on Tuesdays and Fridays from Tatanagar. From Jasidih, it will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The service will be available till August 12.

According to officials at South Eastern Railway headquarters in Calcutta, the train will leave Tatanagar at 11.45pm and reach Jasidih at 7.30am the next day. On its return journey, the train will depart from Jasidih at 9.45am and arrive at Tatanagar at 5.30pm.

“We decided to introduce the train to cater to the rush of devotees travelling to Deoghar,” said a spokesperson of South Eastern Railway.

The train will halt at Chandil, Barabhum, Purulia, Anara, Madhukunda, Burnpur, Adityapur, Kandra, Kunki, Manikui, Nimdih, Urma, Bero and few other stations between Asansol and Jasidih.

Last year, around 1.5 lakh people visited Deoghar. Railway officials are expecting the similar turnout, if not more. Apart from Jharkhand, devotees from neighbouring states like Bihar and Odisha also throng the famous temple.

Apart from this new train, all trains passing through Chakradharpur will halt at Mahadevshal, a pilgrim stop in Goelkera block of West Singhbhum, from now on. The station falls in the Howrah-Mumbai main line. This service will continue for a month.

“Most trains do not stop at the station. Because of the heavy rush of devotees during the holy month of Shravan, the railways have decided to make this a halt for all the mail and express trains,” said another official.

Officials at Chakradharpur railway division added that depending on the response, a special train between Chakradharpur and Mahadevshal might also be introduced later this month for the convenience of passengers. A requisition in this regard has been already sent to South Eastern Railway headquarters.