SCCI wants Railways to enhance connectivity to other states

Jamshedpur : The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) today demanded the Indian Railways to extend the New Delhi-Puri Purusotham Express (12801 and 12802) route upto Jaipur to facilitate Rajasthani people residing at Kolhan division of Jharkhand.

A delegation of the SCCI, led by its President Suresh Sonthalia today met the South Eastern Railway, General Manager during his visit to the Chakradharpur Division and handed over a memorandum in support of their demand.

The Kolhan division of industrial districts of east and west Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan comprised of 50 lakh population of the state and generate a maximum revenue for the Railways, Sonthalia claimed.

Jamshedpur and its surrounding areas comprised of over three lakhs of Rajasthanis but do not have any direct train service to the western state, he said.

As Rajasthan has been an important state as far as religious and tourist destinations were concerned, Sonthalia demanded that a train originating from Puri or Howrah via Tatanagar should be launched to facilitate the people.

The SCCI functionary said 12496 Kolkata-Bikaner Pratap Express (Friday), 18473 Puri-Jodhpur Express (Wednesday), 12315 Sealdah-Udaipur Ananya Express (Thursday) and 14710 Puri-Bikaner Express (Wednesday) should be extended to Jaipur and Ajmer via Tatanagar till a new direct-train to the Pink City was introduced.

Sonthalia also demanded that an inter-city express connecting Tata with Raipur should be introduced, which he said, would also help to promote business.

He also wanted Tatanagar to be made a regular halt for the Howrah-Mumbai Duranto Express changing it from being a technical stop.

Sonthalia’s other demands to the Railway executive included extension of the Howrah-Digha-Howrah Duranto Express upto Tatanagar, introduction of Pantry cars in Shalimar Bhuj Express and Tatanagar-Jalianwala Express, arrangement for full rakes in Tata-Allepey Express and the Tata-Patna-Durg South Bihar Express.