E Rly's arrangements for Gangasagar Mela

11 Jan 2019

For the convenience of the pilgrims during Gangasagar Mela – 2019 as well as to clear the anticipated rush on the occasion, Eastern Railway has made elaborate arrangements.
During the mela period from January 12 to 16, 2019, twelve (12) EMU Mela Special galloping trains will run from Sealdah (South) via Prinsepghat, Kolkata, Namkhana, Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip for quick dispersal of the pilgrims. Special trains leaving from Kolkata station will touch Prinsepghat station. Moreover, four (4) regular trains in the section will be extended during the mela period. The galloping mela special will stop at Ballygunge, Sonarpur, Baruipur, Lakshmikantapur, Nischindapur and Kakdwip stations in both directions. Moreover, one additional 12-coach EMU rake will be kept ready at Sonarpur to run on exigencies on January 15 & 16, 2019 to facilitate reteurn journey of the pilgrims from Namkhana to Sealdah. 13105/13106 Sealdah – Ballia Express and 13185/13186 Sealdah – Darbhanga Express will be augmented by one general second class coach during the mela period.
Apart from supply of round-the-clock drinking water at Namkhana & Kakdwip stations, additional arrangements for drinking water will be made during mela period for the convenience of the pilgrims. Adequate illumination of the platforms, circulating area will also be made during this period. For dispensation of tickets during mela period, five additional booking terminals at Kakdwip and four additional counters at Namkhana will provide round-the-clock services. Apart from that, at Kakdwip, un-reserved ticketing system (UTS) booking facility will be available at both sides of the station and at Sealdah, two extra counters will run during the mela period.
Security arrangements will be strengthened by deploying additional RPF staff at Namkhana and kakdwip stations. For close monitoring, arrangement of CCTVs will be made at Kakdwip & Namkhana during the mela period. To assist pilgrims, ‘May I Help You’ booths will be provided at Sealdah (South), Kakdwip and Namkhana station premises. Extra staff under round-the-clock supervision of Inspectors has been arranged for cleanliness of station premises. To render First-Aid in case of emergency, medical staff with First-Aid Boxes will be available at Namkhana and Kakdwip stations. Additional wheel-chairs & strectures will also be available at Kakdwip & Namkhana stations during the period. Volunteers of Civil Defence, Scouts & Guides and St. John’s Ambulances will be deployed at Sealdah, Kakdwip & Namkhana stations to provide necessary guidance to the pilgrims coming from different places. (EOIC)