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The railways' decision to reduce the frequency of the popular Dhanbad-Sindri passenger train coupled with the delay in extending some long-distance express trains has not gone down well with residents andThe Dhanbad-Sindri train makes four trips daily, including one till Gomoh via Dhanbad. While the departure time from Dhanbad is 6.10am, 10.10am, 1.05pm and 6.15pm, the train sets out for return trips from Sindri at 8.30am, 11.30am, 2.50pm and 8pm.The railway authorities, however, scrapped the 10.10am journey from June 11.Senior divisional commercial manager of Dhanbad division, East Central Railway, Dayanand, said that the railways was suffering huge losses as most passengers on the Dhanbad-Sindri train travelled without tickets. "We cannot allow it to happen as we are losing revenue. Besides, there are operational constraints because of the ongoing rail-road linking project in Dhanbad," he added.However, Sindri Chamber of Commerce has objected the move. In fact, president of the chamber of... Read more...
commerce Deepak Kumar Dipu shot off a letter on the issue to the divisional railway manager of Dhanbad, East Central Railway, Sudhir Kumar on Wednesday."This passenger train had been running between Sindri and Dhanbad since 1982 and is the lifeline of Sindri. Hundreds of people take the train daily. Instead of reducing the frequency, the railways should have conducted regular checking drives to discourage people from travelling without tickets. I would also request the passengers to buy tickets," Dipu said.The railways' objective should not be only to make profit but also serve the society, he added.President of Federation of Dhanbad Zila Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rajiv Sharma, also a member of Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, said they would raise the issue at a meeting of the association on June 20. "We will also take up the matter of delay in extension of some trains like Asansol-Ahmedabad Express via Dhanbad, which was supposed to be stretched till Bhavnagar in Gujarat, and Koaa Aii Express (Calcutta-Ajmer), which also passes through Dhanbad and was to be extended till Ahmedabad," he said.