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New Delhi : Indian Railways is sharing the joy of festivities with the passengers by ensuring special arrangements for the passengers travelling to their native places to celebrate festivals with their families. For the convenience of rail travellers and to clear extra rush of passengers during this festive season, Indian Railways is running 200 pairs of special trains from Durga Puja till Christmas this year. Also, augmentation of coaches in regular trains is being done to ensure the berth availability during this festive rush.

Indian Railways is running nearly 2,500 additional services in 200 pairs of special trains across the country. Special Trains have been planned to connect major destinations across the country on railway sectors like Delhi- Patna, Delhi- Kolkata, Delhi- Mumbai, Mumbai- Lucknow, Chandigarh-Gorakhpur, Delhi – Chappra, Howrah-Katihar, Haridwar-Jabalpur etc, according to a PIB release.

Crowd controlling measures by forming queue at the terminus stations with the supervision of RPF staff for orderly entry of passengers in unreserved coaches is being ensured. Additional RPF personnel have been deployed at major stations to ensure security of passengers. Additional staff of Engineering and Signal & Telecommunication Departments along with security personnel has been deployed at important Level Crossing Gates on busy railway sections.

Adequate lighting arrangements have been made at stations and at major level crossing gates for the convenience of rail and road users. Officers have been deployed on Emergency Duty at major stations to ensure smooth running of trains. Staff are deployed in various sections to attend any disruption of train service on priority. Measures have been taken for frequent and timely announcement of arrival/departure of trains with platform numbers.

“May I Help You” booths are kept operational at important stations where RPF Personnel and TTEs are deputed for proper assistance and guidance of the passengers. Medical Teams are available at major stations on call. Ambulance with para-medical team is also available. Steps have been taken to ensure scheduled departure of Mail/Express/Passenger Trains. Steps were also taken to ensure no change of platform at the last moment.

A watch on any malpractices – like cornering of seats, over charging and touting activity etc., by the Security and Vigilance Department staff is being done and strictly monitored. Instructions for maintaining cleanliness at waiting halls, retiring rooms, passenger amenity area in particular, and at stations in general, are given by Zonal Headquarters.

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