Bhubaneswar: Indian Railway to run 186 special trains to Puri from June 25 to July 4 for the Rath Yatra . This was informed bythe East Coast Railway on Friday.
While 34 trains would run on the day of GundichaYatra on June 25, 72 trains would run from June 26 to July 1, 14 trains to run on the day of Sandhay Darshan on July 2, 32 to run on the day of Bahuda Yatra on July 3 and 34 trains would run on the day of Suna Vesha on July 4.
There would be 36 extra booking counters at Purl railway station and 24 extra counters at various stations in the State. The extra counters will function round-the-clock.
Similarly, four additional enquiry counters would be opened and eqia; number of ‘May I help you’ booths will be sat the station. Three ATVMs would function with facilitators to reduce the rush of passengers in the counters.
The Railways would fix train time tables, signage and other information on boards at stations. Besides, electronic trilingual train and platform indication boards would also be displayed.
Besides resting for 5,000 people at a time, required facilities like toilet, bathing room, catering stall, medical counter and NGO booths would also come up at the station.
A Mela shed in the concourse area would also be constructed to provide a resting place for nearly 1,000 people. Toilet and bathroom facilities will also be available at the Mela shed.
Facilities like selling of tea, snacks, water bottles and janata meals through permanent and temporarily constructed catering stalls would be available at Puri, Delang, Sakhigopal and Khurda Road.
Supervisors and staff would be deputed round the clock for ensuring proper cleanliness and sanitation. Similarly, two First-aid booths would be in service round the clock with available of doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff and ambulance all the time.
Like previous years, the Railways would provide trained workforce, breakdown materials such as jacks to attend any possible breakdown of chariots during the Rath Yatra.
Adequate number of Railway staff and supervisors of Operating, Commercial, Mechanical, Electrical, Engineering and Medical departments from station other than Puri would be assisting the railway staff available in Puri. The railway staff would be assisted by Scouts – Guides and Civil Defence personnels.
Elaborate safety arrangements have also been made. Large contingents of RPF, comprising Personnel, sniffer dogs, GRP, officers and jawans would be mobilised for round-the-clock deployment. Fire service personnel will be available at important locations.