Though for now all train services are suspended but once the operations commence there would be no direct connection for Ayodhya from Dhanbad as Railways has decided to divert two important trains that used to run via Ayodhya.
The railways has already issued directives for snapping the direct link on its official website and as the new time table comes into operation while normal services were restored the trains would run via a diverted route.
The two trains that would be affected include Dhanbad - Firozpur-Ganga Satluz express originating from Dhanbad and the Howrah - Dehradoon express originating from Howrah. Both these trains presently run via Varanasi - Zafarabad- Ayodhya - Faizabad but according to the new diverted route these would run via Varanasi - Rai-Baleery route.
The main reason sighted by Railway is that both the trains now would have LHB coaches instead of conventional coaches that plying them on old routes was not possible.
The decision of Railways would affect hundreds of pilgrims that travelled by these trains right from Jharkhand and Bihar districts to Ayodhya as both trains reached Mughalsarai via grand chord section and after crossing the Ganga river to Varanasi. Once the trains would be diverted the pilgrims would have to leave these trains either at Varanasi or at Mughalsarai and then have to board another train to reach Ayodhya .
A senior officer from Dhanbad railway division though accepted the changes but refused to comment officially on this issue mentioning that since all operations are closed for now it would not be proper to comment.