The Central Railway (CR) will run 11 special trains from Nagpur and Solapur to Mumbai to clear the extra rush of passengers travelling here on the death anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, commemorated as ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’ on December 6.
A large number of Ambedkar’s followers will throng the Chaitya Bhoomi at Dadar here to pay homage to the Bharat Ratna.
“For the convenience of out station passengers, it has been decided to run 11 unreserved special trains between Mumbai/Dadar-Nagpur/Ajni/Sevagram and Mumbai-Solapur. As many as 12 suburban special trains on Dadar-Kalyan and Kurla-Panvel sections will also be run,” a senior CR official said today.
Arrangements are being made to make the announcements of the special trains in Marathi and Hindi languages through newspapers, public address system and display of train timetable on notice boards at stations, he said.
Additional booking counters will be opened to issue unreserved tickets at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Thane and Kalyan from December 6 to 9.
To avoid any kind of untoward incidence, foolproof security arrangements have been put in place at all stations, including use of dog squad, CCTV cameras and metal detectors, the official said.
Adequate number of RPF/GRP personnel will be deployed on trains at all train originating stations and intermediate large stations for security, he said.
The official added that arrangements for drinking water, proper lighting and adequate catering facility will be made available at halts of special trains.
CR, in a statement issued here, has appealed to passengers to cooperate with Railway administration by keeping the trains and stations clean and travelling with valid ticket to avoid any inconvenience during the journey.