Nashik (NSK): The railways are planning to add three coaches to each train that passes through the city to cater to the rush on the days of the holy dip during Kumbh Mela. The coaches may be opened in Nashik to allow passengers to board the trains from the city.
“The plan is to add three coaches to every train passing through the city to ensrue movement of pilgrims from Nashik after Parvani Snan. The coaches may be opened at Nashik Road Railway Station to allow people to board the trains and head to their destinations,” an officer from Bhusawal railway division said.
Approximately 40 north-bound trains pass through Nashik in each direction daily for Punjab, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam.
“The addition of three coaches will arm the railways to carry more 17,000 passengers. This will be in addition to 12 trains that will be run to and from dedicated destinations calling,” the officer said.
The special trains will be limited to only four parvani days of kumbh mela as first two parvanis for Nashik and Trimbakeshwar have common dates and the third parvani for Nashik and Trimbakeshwar are on two different dates – making four major events.
Each train is likely to carry at the most 3,500 persons, which will add up the daily movement of 45,000 persons from the city. With additional trains and the more coaches planned for Kumbh, the railways will effectively be bale to cater to 62,000 people a day.
The railways has announced that all the trains coming from Mumbai will come on platform number (PF) 2 instead of platform number 1, from June 25 till September 30.
In the meantime, the work of the platform and foot over bridge at Nashik is nearing completion. The ramp and the platform will be ready in the next few days.
The public works department has completed most of the road construction assignments except the two bridges on the 21-km Adgaon-Lakhalgaon-Shinde road. One of the bridges is to be built over the railway tracks and the other over the Godavari.
“This is an important road to be constructed outside Nashik city to facilitate movement of traffic between Adgaon and Shinde. It will ensure that traffic does not enter the city. Except for the bridges, the road will be ready in next couple of weeks,” a public works department official said.
The work of the construction of ghats at Nashik and Trimbakeshwar has been completed. “We have added over 4,600 metre of ghats at both the locations. The work of beautification of the ghats is underway,” PWD officer said.
On the strengthening of the network connections for mobile connectivity, the administration said the Communication on Wheels (COW) project would be in place by July 30.
“The administration will allot places to the various organisations at sadhugram in Nashik on July 6. By August 15, it is likely that the people will start arriving in large numbers. The flag hoisting will be done on August 19 by the sadhus at sadhugram. Considering all these aspects, the network connections are expected to be in place by August 1,” an officer said.
In Trimbakeshwar, all the roads in the town that were uprooted to lay fresh pipelines for drinking water supply by the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran are now being relaid. The water supply work was completed long ago and the relaying of the road is now nearing completion,” the official added.