Travelling to Puri will become easier for Jamshedpur residents for a month at least. The South Eastern Railway (SER) on Friday notified introduction of a weekly special train between Puri and Rourkela via Tatanagar station from December 7. According to the schedule released by SER headquarters in Garden Reach, Calcutta, the train will ply over a month till January 12. If the response is good, it may find a place in the permanent timetable of the railways, officials said. Station... more...
manager, Tatanagar, O.P. Sharma said the decision to introduce the train was taken to honour passengers' demand for a direct link to the tourist destination in winter. "The train will help in easing the rush during winter when most people go on trips. And the sea town of Puri is one of the most sought-after destinations. Booking of tickets will begin tomorrow (Saturday)," he said. The train, which will leave Puri station at 5.30pm every Wednesday, will reach Tatanagar at 3am the next day. It will arrive at its destination, Rourkela, at 6am on Thursday. On its return journey, the train from Rourkela will depart at 10pm on Thursday and chug into Tatanagar at 12.12am on Friday. On both the to and fro journeys, the weekly special will halt for five minutes at Tatanagar. The other stops are Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Balasore and Chakradharpur. The 19-bogie train will have one AC-II and two AC-III coaches, 10 second-class sleepers, four general compartments and two luggage vans. It will make six trips between the two destinations till January 12. Both Chotanagpur Passengers' Association and Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed the decision. A senior member of Chotanagpur Passenger Association said it was a pleasant surprise. "We were not expecting a train to Puri right now. The new weekly special will benefit the passengers."
This is at least better compared to the day train that was introduced earlier. Should find takers for this trains as it is an overnight journey. In both the directions i think it follows a reasonable time table.
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