Having fear of 2-13 stampede in mind, Indian Railways is not leaving anything to chance and is focusing mainly on crowd management at the main junction and its adjoining stations.
The Indian Railways has planned to use technology of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a massive way to tackle the huge rush of passengers to this holy city during the upcoming Kumbh Mela — for which it will deploy as many as 800 special trains.
The Indian Railways has planned to give service to IBM Intelligent Video, a first for the Railways, for crowd control at stations and its adjoining areas during the Ardh Kumbh Mela.
Kumbh Rail Seva, a new mobile App, will soon be launched to disseminate information to train users and others travelling to the world’s largest religious event, which is expected to attract over a 100 million people — a number higher than the populations of most countries on earth.
North Central Railway General Manager Rajeev Choudhury told media that they have almost finalised the action plan for this Kumbh Mela keeping all possible factors into mind.
More than 5,000 Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are planned to be deployed to manage the crowd movement at 10 stations in and around the city, including Allahabad, Prayag, Prayag Ghat, Jhunsi, Naini, Cheoki and Allahabad City.
The Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati rivers, will begin from January 15 and conclude March 4, 2019.
According to the state government, 12 million pilgrims are expected on January 15 (Makar Sankranti), 5.5 million on Januray 21 (Paush Purnima), 30 million on February 4 (Mauni Amavasya), 20 million on February 10 (Basant Panchami), 16 million on February 19 (Maghi Purnima), and 6 million on March 4 (Mahashivratri).
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