ALLAHABAD, INDIA, February 13,2013 (Press Release): The Kumbh Mela administration said today that a foolproof comprehensive planning is in place for the fifth bathing festival of Maha Kumbh of Basant Panchmi.
Allahabad Divisional Commissioner Devesh Chaturvedi today held a marathon meeting with all stake holders including railways, UP State Road Transport Corporation, Allahabad district administration, police and security forces to ensure safe and successful bathing. The Railways assured that it will continue to run the maximum number of special trains from different stations of Allahabad city to ferry the pilgrims for three days. These trains will be in addition to the trains passing through Allahabad junction and other city based stations and in each train a minimum of 20 bogies will be provided to accommodate maximum number of pilgrims. Similarly 1,500 additional buses will be pressed into service by UP roadways from seven different bus stands set up for the Mela. These buses will be put on diverted routes if jam like situation arises on normal routes.
Allahabad district administration will be setting up seven shelter places to hold the crowd of pilgrims adjoining to Allahabad and other important railway stations. All basic facilities will be provided to pilgrims at every shelter place free of cost. Arrangements are also being done setting up a network of Public Address Systems in the city area to inform the pilgrims about movements of special trains.
Steps are also being taken to provide medical facilities immediately in case of any urgency and four ambulances are being placed at Allahabad railway station and shelter houses meant for pilgrims. Seven ambulances will be parked at sensitive places in the city as reserve. The administration has also made arrangements to remove the vehicles from the roads in the case of any break down.
Every department involved in the Kumbh Mela are leaving no stone unturned for the success of the third Shahi Snan of Akharas and the fifth bathing festival of the Kumbh Mela event in view of the stampede at Allahabad railway station on last Sunday claiming 36 lives. Senior officials from most of the different departments will monitor the arrangements being done for Basant Panchmi bathing festival.