Inauguration of Patliputra Railway Station postponed again

railways1PATNA: The inauguration of Patliputra station was postponed for a third time on Thursday by the railways at the last moment. This was done following a directive from Railway Board, railway sources said.  However, two new long-distance passenger trains – Patliputra-Yashwantpur (22351-22352 weekly) and Patliputra-Chandigarh (13255-13256 bi-weekly) – which were to be flagged off from Patliputra station, were instead flagged off at a simple function held at Danapur station.

According to sources, residents of Jalalpur under Rupuspur police station are demanding a separate road or connectivity along Khagaul canal. JD (U) leader and Patliputra MP Ranjan Yadav has taken up their problems with railway authorities. The agitated people of this area are not yielding to the railways’ request to allow running of passenger trains from Patliputra station unless railways provides land for the road, sources said.

railways2The two new trains were flagged off by two senior Group D category employees, Umesh Prasad of the operating department and Mazhar Ali of carriage wagon department, respectively, of Danapur division. Danapur DRM N K Gupta and other railway officials were present on the occasion.

According to Danapur Rail division PRO R K Singh, railways had arranged three buses to carry passengers from the Patliputra station to Danapur station to facilitate them board the two new trains. Railways had booked tickets in advance by these two new trains. Thus, it had no option but to run them from Danapur station.

Patliputra-Yashwantpur Express would run every Friday from here and every Monday from Yashwantpur. Similarly, Patliputra-Chandigarh Express would run every Wednesday and Sunday from here and every Monday and Thursday from Chandigarh, the PRO said.