With the onset of Sankranthi holiday season, the rush of passengers has substantially increased at the railway stations in major cities, particularly in Hyderabad,with people travelling to their native places in both the Telugu speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
With the rush of rail travelers expected to be at its peak in the next 10 days, South Central Railway has drawn a meticulous plan of action and made extensive arrangements to cater to the needs of rail users to the maximum possible extent. A record highest number of 203 special trains are being operated in various directions, prominently between the twin cities of Hyderabad/Secunderabad towards Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Tirupati etc. in both directions, to run until 25th January, 2019. The trains are being run in various categories to serve the requirements of the people across every economic strata, besides those who plan their journeys at the last moment.
The highlights of the arrangements made by SCR are as follows:
a)Highest number of 203 special trains are being run during Sankranthi holiday season.
b)Out of the total special trains, 60 special fully unreserved second class Jansadharan trains are being run exclusively meant for passengers intending to travel at the last moment, at the least cost, substantially less than bus or any other mode of transport. Fares for Jansadharan special trains are on par with general second class fares of regular express trains.
c) Second class general coaches are also attached to all other special trains including suvidha special trains, for which normal express fare is applicable facilitating convenient travel.
d)Additional booking Counters are being operated at all important stations during this period to meet the requirements of public for buying general tickets.
e)Passengers can also make use of Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Currency Operated Ticket Vending Machines (CoTVMs), Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sevak (JTBS) counters for procuring their unreserved journey tickets.
f)Passengers who wish to purchase tickets on-line can utilize the popular mobile App - “UTS Ön Mobile”.
g)Information Boards have been installed at prominent railway stations to disseminate information about special trains, their destinations and departure time.
h)Electronic display boards at railway stations are also being utilized to display information on special trains.
i)Details of special trains are being announced frequently at Stations through Public Announcement system. In addition, Special Trains information is disseminated to Public through Print, Electronic and Social Media.
j)Security arrangements has been strengthened to keep check on anti social elements and to restrict unauthorized entry into platforms.
k)Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are deployed to control rail users at railway stations, to regulate the passengers while entering into coaches and also to avoid overcrowding at one place. In addition, security personnel are deployed to escort running trains.
l)Catering arrangements have been strengthened and monitoring is being undertaken by higher officials to avoid inconvenience to travelling public.
m)Punctuality of special trains is being monitored at various levels, so as to ensure that the special trains run on time.
n)It is advised that the rail passengers shall reach railway stations well in advance, so as to travel conveniently and without any confusion.
o)With the trains expected to be full, passengers are also requested to carry minimal baggage with them, so as to ensure comfortable travel.
p)Passengers are requested not to approach unauthorized agents, touts and middle-men for purchasing rail tickets.