The long-standing demand of traders of Chakulia and Baharagora for a train link to Ranchi will, finally, be fulfilled on January 19.
Currently, only the Ranchi-Hatia-Howrah Express links the town with the state capital. It halts at Chakulia as late as 1am, making business a difficult proposition. From next Saturday, the Howrah-Ranchi Inter-city Express will stem the problem.
The train, which will ply on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, will reach Chakulia from Ranchi at 5.33pm and leave for the capital at 11.08am.
Chakulia, some 74km from Jamshedpur, is the rice bowl of Kolhan and also boasts detergent and textile units and voluminous trade in bamboo.
“More than 300 traders from Chakulia go to Ranchi and Jamshedpur every day. So far, they had to go to the steel city and then take a bus to the capital. Now, things will change for the better,” said Purushottam Agarwal, a rice mill owner.
Chakulia will also get an additional rail link to Purulia and Howrah in the form of Lalmati Express, which will run twice a week. It will pass through Tatanagar and halt at Chakulia at 10.10am, while coming from Howrah, and 5.16pm while going back.
MP Ajoy Kumar was instrumental in getting the train sops for Chakulia residents.