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No direct train to Bhagalpur

From this Sunday, Jamshedpur residents will have one less train to Bihar.

For, the South Eastern Railway (SER) has decided to withdraw Tata-Bhagalpur Weekly Express from November 17. The train was introduced on October 6.

Tatanagar station manager Awtar Singh said they had received a circular in this regard from Garden Reach, the Calcutta-based headquarters of SER, on Friday.

“The circular signed by chief passenger transportation manager Ashish Mukherjee said the decision was taken in view of poor passenger count. Travellers who have booked tickets for November 17 and 24 will have to cancel the same. They will get back the money,” said Singh.

Officials at the computerised passenger reservation centre said hardly 100 passengers used to board Tata-Bhagalpur Weekly from Tatanagar ever since it was introduced. The train, which used to leave Tatanagar on Sundays at 7.10am, had over 900 berths.

“The timing is one factor. If the train had left Tatanagar in the evening, the response would have been better. Tata-Chapra Link Express and Durg-Danapur South Bihar Express — both of which depart in the evening — boast an occupancy rate of over 60 per cent round the year,” said an official.

With this decision, residents will now have three trains — Tata-Danapur Superfast Express, Tata-Chapra Link Express and Durg-Danapur South Bihar Express — that will take them to different destinations in Bihar.