MUMBAI, INDIA, December 27, 2012 (travelbizmonitor.com): The Indian Railways is gearing up to facilitate the rush of passengers during the Maha Kumbha Mela at Allahabad in February next year and is expected to run around 750 special trains and make arrangements for additional 1,800 coaches to ensure seamless travel for devotees, as per a TOI report.
As Railways is expecting a rush of around 83 million people during the Kumbha Mela, the state transporter is working on enhancing the capacity of around 100 existing trains by adding more coaches to ferry passengers travelling to the holy city apart from running special trains. "We are pooling around 1,800 additional coaches from all 16 zones," P Guha, Executive Director (Coaching), Railway Board, said.
According to estimates, around 30 million devotees are expected to visit Allahabad on Mauni Amawasya (February 10). Around 133 additional booking, enquiry and reservation counters will be opened in Allahabad, Naini, Sangam, Prayag and Vindhyachal. Considering the enormous task, a Mela Adhikari (officer) has been appointed by the Railways to coordinate with other agencies.