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Blog Entry# 1352872  
Posted: Jan 27 2015 (16:18)

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Last Response: Jan 27 2015 (20:45)
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Jan 27 2015 (16:18)   12385/Howrah-Dhanbad AC Double Decker Express | DHN/Dhanbad Junction (8 PFs)

25 but still enjoy Tom and Jerry   5135 blog posts   65 correct pred (64% accurate)
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Wait till March to catch a ride on the country's first air-conditioned double-decker train.
The Eastern Railway has temporarily suspended the Dhanbad-Howrah AC Double-decker Express (both Up and Down) from January 26 to March 1 due to heavy losses because of low occupancy rate, triggering fears among passengers that the train will be withdrawn for good.
The railways, which had earlier suspended the two-tier train from December 26, 2014, to January 24 this year on the pretext of foggy weather, however, denied any such plan.
train has been temporarily suspended due to huge losses incurred by the railways. But there has been no talks of permanently withdrawing the train as of now," chief public relations officer of Indian Railways (eastern zone) R.N. Mahapatra told The Telegraph.
Speaking about the low occupancy rate on the double-decker express, Mahapatra said at times, less than 70 passengers take the train, which has a seating capacity of 640.
The losses, thereby, come to around Rs 11 lakh every day, sources said.
"We think that the occupancy is low because of inappropriate timings. We have sought guidelines from the Railway Board whether we should continue with the losses and operate the train or make some changes in the schedule," Mahapatra said.
The train leaves Howrah at 8.35am and reaches Dhanbad at 12.50pm. On its return journey, the train departs from the coal capital at 6.30pm and reaches Howrah at 10.40pm.
Mahapatra pointed out that train timings were usually altered in July, but an exception might be made for the double-decker in view of the huge losses incurred every day.
"A passenger from Dhanbad will not get any public transport if he reaches Howrah at 10.40pm. Similarly, someone who is coming from Calcutta will not be able to do any official work after reaching Dhanbad at 12.50pm," said president of Federation of Dhanbad Zilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rajiv Sharma.
He added that they would suggest that the train be extended till Bokaro and run during morning hours.
Echoing him, president of Bokaro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sanjay Vaid said, "Bokaro has no direct train to Calcutta in the morning. We will soon send a letter to the Union railway minister."
The demand was also supported by Dhanbad MP P.N. Singh. "I made a similar plea with Union minister Suresh Prabhu in a letter about a fortnight ago."
The double-decker train was launched amid much fanfare on October 1, 2011, from Howrah. The train always faced the problem of low occupancy and it only aggravated over the years

8 posts - Tue Jan 27, 2015

Jan 27 2015 (17:28)
GSD   2937 blog posts   20406 correct pred (71% accurate)
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How about running it till MGS, thrice a week

Jan 27 2015 (17:36)
Numb   500 blog posts   72 correct pred (64% accurate)
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Why do you bring the topic of trains bypassing vizag everywhere. I am not trying to argue or debate about the problems that you state in other blogs, however making the same reference in every blog doesnt really make any sense.
As far as this topic is concerned, most of the DDs have failed (not all) and this is probably the worst of the lot specially after the new timings. Even if they give it good timings to and fro, I doubt if its fortunes will ever change. Extension to Bokaro may or may not help, I have no data to support that.
And yes. 1040 is not that late for a train to arrive at HWH. There are many trains which arrive late and some amount of public transport is still available.

Jan 27 2015 (18:18)
Guest: 3e844217   show all posts
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sorry, amravathi was the 1st train to start bypassing and hence, I brought that. and when many trains like pnbe drnt, koaa bound trains dont fill at all, they said its far from kolkata. SHM trains to south also flopped like SHM VSKP too. And same reason for that too.
Now, HWH stn also they have added and wonder only before 7-8pm, they would take trains ?

Jan 27 2015 (19:38)
MGR JMP twin cities   377 blog posts   4 correct pred (57% accurate)
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ir should have stoppped this train way before.it was all foolishness of then railway minister mamta banerjee to start a dd for her home state.eastern india is not like south or western india.eastern india is less developed and a financially poor region compared to other parts of india.maore than that alredy a shatabdi exp is running btwn hwh-rnc on same route.basically dhanbad is a very small town for a train like dd.now only two choice are reamining either permanently stop it or extend tiil gaya /bokaro and see patronage for 6 months.it would be better to run a normal daily exp between howrah and bokaro.

Jan 27 2015 (20:45)
Guest: 7d636174   show all posts
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Extreme floating should be there for DD to be success.
Even DD for MAS is running with avg performance on week days where there is equal crowd to and fro
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