Nashik: The railways is yet to commence the construction of passenger amenities at the goods shed, where at least 15,000 pilgrims visiting Nashik for the forthcoming Kumbh Mela are to be held before they enter the railway station. The administration has reset the deadline for the completion of all Kumbh-related work to June 30.
“The work on the foot over bridge (FOB), the platform, passenger amenities is nearing completion. Most of it will be completed in a week but the work at the goods shed is yet to start,” a senior railway official said. The work on construction of passenger amenities at goods shed is yet to start as it is still loaded with traders’ goods. “The goods shed is booked till June 21 and hence it is unlikely that the premises can be handed over for the construction of passengers amenities to be raised on temporary basis. Once the work of the passenger amenities is done, the premises will not be used for storing good,” the official said.
The first shahi parvani is scheduled on August 29, more than 1.5 month after the flag hoisting on July 14. Sources said the railways are likely to give the goods shed for construction purpose only by August 1.
“Since construction activity would require at the most 20 days, the railways are planning to give the area for the pilgrims activity only after July 20. The works could be easily completed by August 20 to be ready in time for the event on August 29,” the official said.
Keeping the goods shed closed is likely to affect the commercial activity for the railways and hence, it will be kept off business for the minimum period of time. Considering Kumbh Mela and the need for arrangement for the passengers, the goods shed is likely to be closed for a period of two months.
The official added that the goods shed would undergo temporary changes and most of the amenities would be prepared and kept ready. “Once the charge of goods shed is given to us, all the equipments – for water and sanitation – kept ready will be installed there. The same will be removed after the final of the three shahi parvanis, when the goods shed will not be in use,” he said.