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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

Migrants demand specials trains to clear festive season rush

Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, October 30, 2013
First Published: 19:59 IST(30/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:01 IST(30/10/2013)

With Diwali and Chhat Puja round the corner, trains to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are witnessing heavy rush, leading to migrants facing trouble in getting tickets.

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Consequently, passengers are demanding that railway authorities run special trains to clear the rush so that they can reach their states in time to celebrate the festivals. The visitors to the railway station are also demanding arrangements to avoid any untoward incident due to heavy rush.

The city is home to thousands of migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who are working here in various industries and fields.

A visit to the railway station revealed platforms crowded with passengers, long queues at the enquiry counters and several passengers jostling to find their names in confirmed lists of tickets.

“Me and my family need to reach Ramnagar in Uttar Pradesh. But, our tickets are not yet confirmed; so we may have to travel in general coaches, which are already packed with passengers,” said Vikas Kumar at the railway station.

Rajinder Nath, a passenger who belongs to Bihar, said, “The railway authorities should run more trains to reduce the rush during festivals as many migrants move towards their homes to celebrate Diwali and Chhat Puja. I had not visited home for Diwali last year, so hope to get a ticket this year.”

Meanwhile, employees unions have also been demanding railway authorities to run more trains during the festivals to avoid inconvenience to passengers.

Paramjeet Singh, divisional secretary, All-India Loco Running Staff Association, and supporter of Northern Railway Men's Union, said, “We have for long been seeking more trains during the festive season.

The railway authorities had announced to run special trains in the past few years in wake of Chhat Puja, but no announcement for special trains have been made this year.”

Station superintendent Ravinder Sharma could not be contacted.

On being asked about any special arrangements during festive season, divisional railway manager NC Goyal refused to comment.

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