After the stampede of 2013 in which 36 pilgrims lost their lives the Railway Department has decided to set up a new train terminal at Prayag ghat adjacent to Allahabad city to manage unprecedented crowd during Kumbh Mela.
DRM Northern Railway Anil Kumar Lahoti told PTI, “A new terminal is being developed at Prayag ghat just adjacent to the Allahabad city in order to ease passenger pressure from the main station not only during the pressing days of Kumbh and Magh Mela but also otherwise.”
The pressure of passengers is on rise on this section of the Railways and not only in Kumbh but in Magh Mela as well. Mr. Anil Kumar Lahoti said, “This new terminal will ease the traffic flow to Allahabad and make train journey easy.” He further added, “The new terminal will have all modern facilities. The first phase has already been sanctioned and all the work will be conducted on fast track mode.”
The DRM said a big problem faced by railway stations today is late train arrivals and trains being halted at the outer signal because of the occupied platforms. There is also a need to remodel old train yards which have been taken on priority basis at busy stations like Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad. He added, “Earlier trains used to have only 14 bogies and yards were built for them but now the number of bogies have gone up to 22 or even 24 and the old yards are inadequate in the present context.”
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Last Updated On: November 12, 2015