There are limits to our resources, says Bansal

Union Railway Minister Pawan Bansal on Monday said that people visiting Kumbh should look for other modes of transport also, as there was a limit on the resources of the Railways.

He said that the Railways have run at least 200 special trains for the Mela in the last few days.

Talking to mediapersons, after visiting the injured and inspecting the spot where the stampede had occurred, Bansal said: "The task of the Railways is to transport people. But it has its limitations."

Bansal said that he had come to Allahabad on the directions from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

He said that no politics should be done over the incident, which was very sad.

He said that the Railways had made adequate arrangements, but it could not be expected to have a huge number of trains deployed in the city for the limited purpose of the Mela.

Bansal said that prima facie, the situation arose because people from both sides of the railway station - the Civil Lines sides as well as the station side - converged on the foot-overbridge, which led to "a huge pressure and ultimately the stampede occurred".

Additional Member (Traffic) of the Railway Board Devi Pandey had been rushed to the spot on Sunday night itself, said Bansal.

The minister announced that the next of the kin of the dead would be given an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each and the injured would get Rs 50,000 each from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. The Railways too will give Rs 1 lakh each to the next of the kin of the dead, Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 each to the injured.

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