Indian Railways to run 402 special trains for Holi travel rush

New Delhi: For the convenience of rail travellers and to clear extra rush of passengers during this festive season, Indian Railways is running 402 special train services in the month of March. Also, augmentation of coaches in regular trains is being done to ensure the more seat and berth availability during this festive rush. These special train services will cater to lakhs of passengers who plan to travel to their native place during Holi.

Special trains have been planned to connect major destinations across the country on railway sectors like Delhi-Patna, Delhi-Chappra, Delhi-Pune, Chandigarh-Gorakhpur, Mumbai-Varanasi, Mumbai-Patna, Mumbai-Udupi, Mumbai-Gaya, Mumbai-Barauni, Ahmedabad-Patna, Gandhidham-Bhagalpur, Howrah-Gorakhpur, Lucknow-Kolkata, Ranchi-Patna, Secundrabad-Patna, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Varanasi-Nagaldam-Lucknow, among others.

Crowd controlling measures by forming a queue at the terminus stations with the supervision of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff for orderly entry of passengers in unreserved coaches is being ensured. Additional RPF personnel have been deployed in major stations to ensure the security of passengers.

Adequate lighting arrangements have been made at stations for the convenience of passengers. Senior officers are being deployed on emergency duty at major stations to ensure the smooth running of trains. Staffs are deployed in various sections to attend any disruption of train service on priority. Measures have been taken for frequent and timely announcement of arrival and departure of trains with platform numbers.

‘May I Help You’ booths are kept operational at important stations where RPF personnel and Train Ticket Examiners (TTEs) are deputed for proper assistance and guidance of the passengers. Medical Teams are available at major stations on call. Ambulances with paramedical teams will also be available. Efforts are being taken to ensure no change of platform at the last moment.

A watch on any malpractices like cornering of seats, overcharging and touting is being done and strictly monitored by the Security and Vigilance Department staff. Instructions, for maintaining cleanliness at waiting halls, retiring rooms, passenger amenity area in particular, and at stations in general, have been given by zonal headquarters.


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