RANCHI: As many as four special trains are being run from Jharkhand by the South Eastern Railway (SER) to manage the rush to Bihar during Chhath. Every train headed towards Bihar is full and special trains that have been pressed into action to manage the swelling crowds have already run out of tickets.
If railway stations across the country are brimming with passengers heading home to Bihar to observe Chhath with families, so are stations across the state.
18626 UP Hatia-Patna Express, 12366 UP Ranchi-Patna Janshatabdi Express have long ago ran out of tickets and long wait outside Tatkal ticket counters ended in despair. So is the situation with every other train that is heading to Bihar.
"There is no booking at all. We have attached extra coaches in each one of them, but we are still unable to manage the rush," said Neeraj Kumar, the divisional commercial manager (DCM) of Ranchi rail division on Sunday. "We are being requested to add more coaches to the trains, but there is a technical constraint to it as well," Kumar added.
The tickets for the special trains introduced for Chhath, 08629 New Jalpaiguri-Ranchi Express, 02083 Mumbai-Hatia Express, 0883 UP Gondia- Hatia Express have already run out. To make matters worse, the absence of the latest Premium Tatkal scheme offers little help to those who are willing to pay extra to get home early.
"All the trains are full and there is no room in Tatkal service. The premium service would have come in handy but unfortunately that is not available in Ranchi," said Bhagalpur based student Shailaja Kumari at Ranchi railway station.
While every Bihar bound train is full, similar picture prevailed over the bus stand. As many as 100 buses, both state owned and private had no room on Sunday. "The rush becomes hard to manage every year during Chhath. Today being Sunday, the rush is all the more . The seats are full, but many are willing to pay extra to travel the distance standing," said Mohit Kumar, a bus driver headed towards Bhagalpur, at the Khadgarha Bus stand.
Tickets for Chhath
special 08629 New Jalpaiguri-Ranchi Express, 02083 Mumbai-Hatia Express, 0883 UP Gondia- Hatia Express have already run out. The absence of the latest Premium Tatkal scheme offers little help.
Source-times of india