New platforms, foot over-bridges, drinking water facilities, special trains, medical as well as catering facilities have been set up by the railways to serve the millions of pilgrims descending on the Nasik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015.
Sixty special trains will become operational during Ganesh Chaturthi festival to clear the extra rush of passengers, the bookings for which will begin from tomorrow, railway officials said on Saturday.
Gearing up to tackle the Holi and summer rush, Northern Railway has firmed up an action plan to press into service 28 special trains and also to ensure smooth functioning of reservation counters to cater the heavy demand.
To tackle the year end rush, the South Eastern Railway Tuesday said it will continue running weekly AC premium special trains on Howrah-Chennai, Howrah-Yesvantpur and Santragachi-Ernakulam routes and the bi-weekly Jansadharan specials from Santragachi to Chennai.
In view of heavy rush during Dussehra holidays and to avoid rush in regular trains, special trains would run through East Coast Railway (ECoR) jurisdiction to provide comfortable journey to the commuters for world famous Dussehra festival at Mysore.
In order to clear extra rush of passengers during the forthcoming festive season of Dussehra and Diwali, Northern Railway has decided to run 8 pairs of special trains to various places including Jammu, Katra, Varanasi and Ajmer, among others.