35 special trains to meet Chhath rush

Railways expects higher demand in next four days, more special trains likely

Thirty-five special trains, including five unreserved, will be run for commuters going to Bihar for Chhath puja celebrations, the Northern Railway said on Thursday.

An unreserved train will run each day, up to Chhath on November 19-20, an official said.

"There are 26 Bihar-bound trains, which run regularly. Apart from these, there are 24 weekly trains as well. For the festival rush, additional special trains and unreserved trains are also inducted in the service," Chief Public Relations Officer of Northern Railway Neeraj Sharma said.

Depending on the number of passengers, coaches will be added to both special and regular trains. "16 to 22 additional coaches are being added to the special trains. On the regular trains, on an average 24 additional coaches are being attached. We are expecting a higher footfall of passengers in the coming four days, the number of special trains and unreserved trains might further be increased," Sharma said.

Arrangements for Chhath started on November 14 and will continue till November 18.

To ensure that no station is choked, the trains will depart at different times from all stations in the city — Anand Vihar, New Delhi Railway and Old Delhi.

Twenty-five booking counters and 25 reservation counters have been started to tackle the festival rush. The Railways has also restricted the distribution of platform tickets to avoid over crowding of the station. A dedicated public announcement system has been set up to make announcements for the special and unreserved trains. Officials have also been deployed at the automatic ticket vending machine to assist the passengers.

"Safety of passengers is paramount. Surveillance at the railway stations has also been increased. Five companies for deployment of forces are at work. Dog squads and metal detectors have also been deployed at the station," the official said.

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