Chhath Puja Special: In preparation for the eagerly anticipated Chhath Puja, the Indian Railways has unveiled a plan to introduce 283 special train services to ensure seamless travel for passengers and accommodate the additional demand. The festival will be celebrated on 19th November 2023.
Chhath Puja Special Train List
These special trains are strategically designed to connect key destinations across the nation, covering popular railway routes such as Delhi-Patna, Delhi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra, Danapur-Saharsa, Danapur-Bengaluru, Ambala-Saharsa, Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur, Puri-Patna, Okha-Naharlagun, Sealdah-New Jalpaiguri, Kochuveli-Bengaluru, Benaras-Mumbai, Howrah-Raxaul, among others.
Notably, last year, the Ministry of Railways disclosed that they had arranged 216 Puja Special trains, totaling 2,614 trips.
To ensure crowd control and a smooth experience for travelers, organized queues are established at terminal stations under the vigilant oversight of Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel. Additional RPF staff is stationed at major terminals to enhance passenger security. Emergency duty officers are stationed at significant stations to guarantee the unhindered operation of train services. Staff members are deployed in various sections to promptly address any disruptions in train services.
Efforts have been made to provide regular and timely announcements regarding train arrivals and departures, along with platform details. “May I Help You” kiosks are in operation at vital stations, where RPF personnel and Traveling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) are assigned to offer passengers assistance and guidance. Medical teams are on standby at major stations, and ambulances with paramedical teams are readily available.
Strict monitoring of any misconduct or irregularities is overseen by the Security and Vigilance Department staff. Zonal Headquarters have issued guidelines for maintaining cleanliness, particularly in waiting halls, retiring rooms, platforms, and stations in general.