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Railways all set for ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Dec 6, 2018, 2:18 am IST
Updated : Dec 6, 2018, 2:18 am IST

Chaitya Bhoomi is the place of Ambedkar’s cremation.

Residents of Siddharth Nagar pay tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar by lighting a six-foot-tall candle to mark his 62nd death anniversary at Chembur on Wednesday in Mumbai. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
 Residents of Siddharth Nagar pay tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar by lighting a six-foot-tall candle to mark his 62nd death anniversary at Chembur on Wednesday in Mumbai. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)

Mumbai: The Railways have made elaborate arrangements to deal with heavy rush of passengers visiting Mumbai on the occasion of the 62nd death anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, which falls on December 6. Lakhs of followers of the Dalit icon from various parts of the country visit the Chaitya Bhoomi in central Mumbai every year to pay their respects.

Chaitya Bhoomi is the place of Ambedkar’s cremation. Apart from operating extra trains, the Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) have also made elaborate crowd management arrangements to cater to the rush. The CR is operating 14 special long-distance trains and as many extra suburban services, stated a press release issued by Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi.

WR Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Ravinder Bhakar said various arrangements are being made to ensure hassle-free commute for passengers. “Apart from setting up several help desks and directional signage boards at prominent stations, adequate RPF/GRP staff have been deployed to monitor crowd movement at suburban stations, especially at the Foot Over Bridges (FOBs),” he said.

The CPRO said staffers have been sensitised to deal with the followers coming for the ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’ Thursday. “The staffers can guide people as they have all the information regarding timing and transport arrangements to/from the Chaityab-hoomi. Additional ticket booking counters will be operated during Dece-mber 5-7. Train movement will be monitored closely,” he said.

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