With the commencement of Sankranthi holiday season and weekend rush adding to the situation, travelling passengers has substantially increased at the railway stations in major cities, particularly in twin cities. People travelling to their native places from twin cities has increased enormously on 3 days prior to Bhogi festival (11th, 12th and 13th January) and this is the time when Officials of South Central Railway, especially from commercial and operating department, swung into action and managed rush effectively to make rail users experience a pleasure.
South Central Railway has announced highest ever special trains for this festival and especially on three days (11th, 12th & 13th January),8 special fare trains, 7 Jansadharan trains, 01 Humsafar train and 11 Suvidha trains (Total 27 special trains) were run from twin cities towards Vijayawada, Kakinada, Narsapur, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru and also for farther places like Jaipur, Kochuveli, Barauni etc.
In the same manner, to cater to return journey traffic, especially on 18th , 19th & 20th January , 13 special fare trains, 5 Jansadharan trains and 4 Suvidha trains ( Total 22 special trains ) are being operated towards twin cities from various stations like Vijayawada, Kakinada, Nagarsol, Machilipatnam, Visakhapatnam, Kamakhya, Ernakulam, Jaipur etc.
Effective measures taken to handle rush
üBoth Headquarters and Division Officials of Commercial, Security and Operating department camped at the stations to manage crowd effectively
üFrequent announcements of special trains
üDisplay of information through electronic boards
üGuiding the passengers accordingly to their respected trains
üProviding additional counters, ATVMs, CoTVMs
üDissemination of information through Print, Electronic and Social Media
üFlexi boards, banners at prominent places
üSupplementary catering arrangements
üPrompt and necessary action by the staff
üDeployment of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Govt. Railway Police (GRP) personnel accordingly.
üPunctual running of special trains especially Suvidha trains through continuous monitoring at all levels.
üAlmost all the special trains attained 100% punctuality.
For 3 days (i.e., 11th, 12th & 13th January), 4.49 lakhs of unreserved passengers as against 3.79 lakhs passengers i.e., 18% more than previous year were transported from twin cities. Revenue earned in this segment is Rs 3.99 crores as against Rs 3.08 crores i.e., 29% more than previous year.
In the same lines, Huge return journey traffic is also expected from various stations to Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Kacheguda on 18th, 19th & 20th January.All officials and staff over the zone are instructed to be alert and ready for prompt & needy action to handle the return journey traffic. Officials and staff of twin cities are also kept ready to serve as per the requirements of return journey passengers.
Role of Various Departments
·Operating Department played a vital role in marshalling all available resources to make it possible to run record number of special trains this year and maintain the punctuality of those trains.
·Commercial Department played a key role in crowd management, mobilizing the traffic and other arrangements required by travelling passengers.
·It was possible only with the efforts of bringing smooth coordination between all departments viz., Security, Engineering, Signaling & Telecommunications, Electrical, Security, Mechanical etc.
·All Divisional Railway Managers of Six Divisions were in constant touch with Head Quarters and were continuously monitoring for smooth running of trains.