In its endeavor to serve the pilgrims visiting Triveni Sangam, Allahabad, North Central Railway is refurbishing 800 special Kumbh Trains, connecting Allahabad to different parts of nation on the theme of ‘Kumbh Mela 2019’.
The 800 special Kumbh trains will be carrying the pilgrims during Ardh Kumbh Mela which is slated to start from 15 January to 4 March, 2019 is expected to attract approximately 120 million people.
Special Kumbh Trains
The newly ‘Kumbh Themed’ coach will be attached to the ‘Prayagraj Express’ with the aim to ferry devotees and passengers visiting Allahabad during Kumbh Mela and also after it has been concluded.
The 800 trains will wear the ‘Kumbh 2019 logo’ on one side of the coach along with vinyl wrapping, with beautiful images of the temples and tent- city for devotees in the Mela area. The vestibule area has been wrapped portraying the view of night at Kumbh Mela area.
The coach has also been provided with fresh linen, and fire retardant curtains along with high quality lavatory faucet fittings for enriched experience to passengers. Auto odour dispenser systems have been installed in the coaches and bio-toilet announcement system has been incorporated into the coach toilets.
Kumbh Mela And Artificial Intelligence
Indian Railways will be using artificial intelligence technology to facilitate crowd movement. To manage the crowd movement at 10 railway stations across Allahabad, authorities will deploy over 5,000 Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.
Other than IBM, which will provide video analytics service using AI for crowd control, surveillance systems will be set up to monitor the situation and LED screens will display information.
A new mobile app, ‘Kumbh Rail Seva’ will be launched to disseminate information to passengers travelling to Kumbh Mela.
Festivals And Tourism
The event is a massive one and the aim is to spread its message all over the country, which will help attract more tourists. Besides, the coaches will also have Uttar Pradesh tourism-related images.
– Rajiv Chaudhry,
North Central Railway
The government states that around 12 million pilgrims will gather on Makar Sankranti, 15 January. Paush Purnima on 21 January will witness 5.5 million people while 30 million devotees are expected on 4 February, on the eve of Mauni Amavasya.
Basant Panchami which will fall on 10 February will add 20 million more pilgrims.16 million people on 19 February, Maghi Purnima and finally, 6 million on 4 March, Mahashivratri are expected in the state.