More berths for train to south

From next month, two popular long distance trains, the Tata-Yesvantpur Express and Tata-Amritsar Jallianwalabagh Express, will get another AC-III coach, a welcome development for residents of the steel city frequently travelling to Bangalore or the North.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 25.03.17
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The Tata-Yesvantpur Express at Tatanagar railway station that will get another AC III coach next month

From next month, two popular long distance trains, the Tata-Yesvantpur Express and Tata-Amritsar Jallianwalabagh Express, will get another AC-III coach, a welcome development for residents of the steel city frequently travelling to Bangalore or the North.

Officials at Garden Reach in Calcutta, the headquarters of South Eastern Railway (SER), said the decision to provide the additional coach was taken keeping in mind passenger demand. "A formal notification will be issued in a day or two," an official said on Friday.

With the addition of another coach - it will have 64 berths - the number of AC-III coaches in both trains will be four.

According to officials, the new AC-III coach in the bi-weekly Tata-Amritsar Jallianwalabagh Express will be introduced from April 3. The train runs on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The new coach in the weekly Tata-Yesvantpur Express will be introduced from April 6. The South-bound train runs on Thursdays.

"The news is of much relief to the ever-growing number of passengers of both trains. The AC-III coach in Tata-Yesvantpur Express will help students studying in Bangalore and patients who travel to the South for medical treatment," said O.P. Sharma, the station manager of Tatanagar railway station.

Right now, Tata-Amritsar Jallianwalabagh Express (18103/18104) has 22 coaches of varying classes. With the additional AC III coach the total number of coaches in the train will become 23. Similarly, the Tata-Yesvantpur Express (12889 /12890) will now have 27 coaches.

Officials at the computerised passenger reservation system at Tatanagar said both trains witness a huge rush.

"Confirmed tickets are never available. The waiting list crosses 50 on almost all days. The introduction of a new AC-III coach, which mean 64 extra berths, will benefit passengers immensely," said an official.

The Chhotanagpur Passenger Association welcomed the move. "We are happy about the announcement as we had been demanding an extra AC coach in the Tata-Yesvantpur Express as the train is used by a sizeable number of students as well as patient families," said a senior functionary.

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