Kumbh Mela 2019 : Trains Details
Indian Railways is making special arrangements for the pilgrims and tourists coming to visit the Kumbh Mela-2019. Kumbh Mela 2019, train details and railway arrangements are following.
Indian Railway is gearing up for Kumbh Mela 2019, in the great city of Prayagraj. ‘Skywalk’ is being built at Allahabad Junction station connecting the main Foot Over Bridges. It will allow for smooth movement of passengers within the station during mela time.
To help the pilgrims expected to visit the city of Allahabad to participate in the Kumbh Mela 2019 and in view of the enormous rush of people, Indian Railways, as a special case, has decided to allow 15 days advance booking of unreserved railway tickets from 12 stations lying in the Allahabad region.
Officers informed that the stations serving the Kumbh Mela regions and from which advance booking of unreserved tickets will be allowed include Allahabad junction, Allahabad City, Naini, Subedarganj, Prayag, Prayag Ghat, DaraganJ, Phaphamau, Jhusi, Vindhyachal, Allahabad Chheoki and back.
The return tickets shall be allowed to be booked upto 15 days in advance excluding the date of the journey. For example, if a passenger at Nagpur wishes to Purchase a ticket to any station in Allahabad Mela area and back, he or she can purchase the same 15 days in advance.
The official further informed that no refund shall, however, be allowed on such return tickets. This facility will be extended to the passengers during the Mela period only and shall be available for tickets purchased on or after January 11,2019 upto March 6. The date of journey shall be indicated on the ticket.
Speaking on the facility, GM, NCR, Rajiv Chaudhry said that Railways is very sensitive to the needs of the pilgrims, tourists and other regular passengers who would be visiting the city of Prayagraj during the period of the Kumbh Mela. “We have made extensive arrangements both in terms of additional infrastructure and special trains for the benefit of pilgrims coming to Prayagraj during the Kumbh Mela and the facility of advance booking of unreserved tickets from 12 stations of Prayagraj region will prove to be a further boom to our esteemed passengers in the Mela period.
NO MELA SURCHARGE DURING KUMBH MELA 2019
North Central Railway announced that in an important decision relating to the Kumbh Mela, scheduled to be organized in Prayagraj next year from 14th January to 4th March, 2019, the Indian Railways has decided not to impose any ‘Mela Surcharge’ on the tickets of trains in different classes-from General to First AC.
Indian Railways, which is gearing up in a major way for the mega-event, earlier levied the existing mela surcharge at Allahabad Jn, Naini, Allahabad Chheoki and Vindhyachal Stations during ensuing Kumbh Mela. However, in a major relief to the pilgrims coming to the Kumbh Mela, It has now been decided that now NO Mela Surcharge will be levied during the Kumbh Mela 2019.
Speaking on the decision, GM/NCR, Shri Rajiv Chaudhry said that while there is major investment by the Railways in the Kumbh Mela, the burden of the same would not be passed on to the pilgrims and tourists coming to Prayagraj to participate in the Kumbh. “We are in the process of completing 41 major infrastructure-augmentation works in Allahabad comprising of all three railways: NCR, NR and NER, to the tune of about 700 Crore which will make the Kumbh-experience of the pilgrims and tourists pleasant and memorable” he added.
It is also pertinent to mention here that in order to considerably augment the Railways infrastructure facilities for the pilgrims, 41 works costing more than Rs 700 are being done. Out of these, 29 works have already been completed and the rest are in an advanced stage and will be completed shortly. These are works of permanent nature which will help in subsequent years also. Facilities and amenities at Allahabad Jn station are being upgraded and strengthened to facilitate pilgrims during their visit to the Kumbh Mela next year. Four big enclosures to house about 10,000 pilgrims have been constructed at Allahabad Jn. Railway Station. These enclosures will have vending stalls, water booths, ticket counters, LCD TVs, PA System, CCTVs and separate toilets blocks for Ladies and Gents. Similar passenger enclosures are also built at other stations. Skywalk connecting to main FOBs at Allahabad Jn. has been completed. This will help to ease out pressure on any one of the two main FOBs by enabling the passengers to move to the other FOB seamlessly in case of a build up of crowd on any one of the two main FOBs.
Besides these major works like widening of Road Under bridges and construction of 4 ROBs in Prayagraj Area have been completed while other important works like Development of Satellite terminal stations are nearing completion. The branding of Kumbh on the coaches of special trains proposed to be run during the Kumbh Mela as well as the originating trains of the NCR has also started and by now more than 150 coaches have been wrapped with vinyl paintings.The announcement regarding scrapping of existing mela surcharge has come as gift to those coming to participate in the Kumbh.
Bathing Dates of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019
- Paush Purnima – January 15, 2019
- Makar Sankranti – January 21, 2019
- Mauni Amavasya – February 4, 2019
- Basant Panchami – February 10, 2019
- Maghi Poornima – February 19, 2019
- Maha Shivratri – March 04, 2019
Special Trains details are attached : Special Trains 2018 – 2019