The Northeast Frontier Railway has geared up for smooth and safe handling of extra rush of passengers expected at Guwahati during the Ambubashi mela starting from tomorrow. The Kamakhya station of NFR is expected to witness huge congregation of passengers during the period of the mela. Keeping this in mind NFR has taken up some special arrangements for Ambubasi Mela.
The General Manager, Shri H. K. Jaggi carried out an inspection of the Kamakhya station along with senior officials to take stock of preparedness for handling large volume of passenger traffic at the station. He instructed all concerned officials to ensure adequate arrangements for handling large number of pilgrims during the mela from 22nd to 26th July. A 24-hour control room has been set up at the station which will be manned by staff from various departments including RPF.
For the convenience of the passengers, extra booking counters have been opened, additional toilets have been provided. As per the request of the State Government, water supply and round-the-clock electricity for all pilgrims in Kamakhya Camps has been provided by Railways. Railway has also augmented existing arrangements for continuous cleaning of station premises. Additional security personnel have been deployed to ensure fool-proof security.
As many as 250 volunteers from Railway Scouts and Guides have been deployed round-the-clock to endure smooth movement of pilgrims during boarding and de-boarding of trains.
For pilgrims coming from different parts of the country, especially West Bengal, two special trains are being run between Kamakhya & Malda Town and Kamakhya & Howrah. These trains will help the pilgrims coming into Kamakhya and going out from Kamakhya after the conclusion of the mela.
The N. F. Railway, working in tandem with State Govt authorities, is sparing no effort for smooth conduct of the mela. The railway also requests the public and all stakeholders to maintain discipline and decorum in railway station premises so that travelling pilgrims do not suffer due to overcrowding and all amenities like toilet, drinking water etc. are able to accessed by all.