Patna : Danapur division  of East Central Railway ( ECR )  has initiated  several steps to further improve passenger amenities and streamline run of passenger trains  under the division. Railways  has  chalked out a  plan for streamlining the functioning of the division and  traffic movement.

Danapur divisional railway manager  R K  Jha  said the mainline Jhajha – Mughalsarai  section  of Danapur division  has reached about 170 per cent saturation  point due to constant flow of traffic on both Up and Down line of the division. There is immediate need of the third line  at least between  Fatuha and Ara  to cope with  huge  traffic flow  on the mainline section. The railways   has planned a third line between Mokama and Buxar  to facilitate easy movement of commuters’ trains under the division, he said adding  the division  is waiting for the final approval of the proposal  from railway ministry.

Railways has shifted   Danapur- South Bihar Express  to Rajendra Nagar Terminal  as its originating point  while Patna – New Delhi Jansadharan Express  is  originating   from Danapur  instead of Patna Junction,  Jha  said.  Barh station  of the division  is gaining importance  in railway parlance  due to huge traffic flow  from there. Railways  has widened the  platforms at Barh in the interest of waiting for trains.  Mail and express trains with the load combination  of 24 coaches are easily  stabling  on platforms. Platform  height  at Khushrupur  station  has also been  raised for the convenience of passengers , the DRM  said.

Railways  has provided   announcing system  facility  at Kasichak, Sirari and Wazirganj  stations  on Kiul –Gaya route of the division. Keeping in view huge rush of passengers  on these roadside stations, it has installed announcing system at these stations to cater to   local passengers’ needs. It has also provided 33 sheds  on platforms at Hathidah, Rampur Dumra, Darauli  and Gahmarh  of the division , he said.

Railways  has  provided a connectivity to platforms  of the newly built foot over bridge at Fatuha  for the convenience of passengers  either  visiting station or making an exit from station area. Concrete surface  on platforms  has been built at Mahavir Halt, Jatdumri Halt and Neema Halt  on Patna – Gaya  section of the division, he said adding railways has taken care of providing  at least the basic amenities  at the  Halts 

To provide journey tickets at doorsteps, railways has  installed  station ticket booking sevaks  ( STBS ) at small stations to make tickets easily available  even in remote areas . While Janata Ticket Booking Sevaks ( JTBS )  are functioning satisfactorily   at different locations under  the division , railways has invited applications  for setting up Yatri Ticket Sevak Kendras ( YTBS )  to deal with passenger reservation system ( PRS ) tickets under the division,  sources said.  

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