Kumbh Mela: No trains to stop at Haridwar railway station on these days
New Delhi: In order to manage passenger traffic amid the Covid-19 surge, Indian Railways has decided to not let any trains stop at Haridwar railway station between 11 April and 14 April. Note that the second and third 'shahi snan' during this year's mela will take place on 12 April and 14 April, respectively.
"Trains to not arrive at Haridwar (Uttarakhand) railway station from 11 to 14 April due to Shahi Snan at Kumbh Mela from 12 to 14 April. Trains to stop at Jwalapur, Roorkee and Laksar stations where devotees will deboard, they will be ferried in shuttle buses from there," said SP GRP Manjunath TC.
The Kumbh will be held till 30th April in Haridwar. The state government has decided to cap the Kumbh this year to 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The auspicious days include Magh Purnima, Mahashivratri, Somvati Amavasya, Baisakhi, Ram Navmi, and Chaim Pura. These days are expected to witness a huge surge of crowd congregating at Har Ki Pauri Ghat, Haridwar, to take a holy bath.
Note that the Uttarakhand administration instructed the state government officials to increase the number of RT-PCR tests in light of increasing COVID-19 numbers and ahead of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela. A special vaccination drive will be conducted in light of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the directive issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.
"Containment and micro-containment zones be created in those areas of the state which have been reporting more cases of COVID-19. Special focus should also be given to vaccination," the office of CM Tirath Singh Rawat said.
Last month, Railways had announced 12 more pair of special trains in addition to those already being operated on the Haridwar route. The Railways hoped to ease the pressure on the network in view of the heavy rush expected for the mega festival. Also, the 15 pairs of trains already running on the Haridwar route were also augmented to accommodate more passengers.