It’s no surprise what a mega affair the Kumbhalgarh Mela is. Prayagraj, earlier known as Allahabad, is at the centre of it. Millions of people head to the holy festival that takes place right at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati river. The festival begins on January 15 and will go on till March 4, 2019. Also Read - India's Covid Vaccine Latest News: Phase-3 Trial of Covaxin to Begin in UP's Lucknow, Gorakhpur From October
But that’s not exactly the central news. Anybody travelling to the Kumbh in a train has reasons to rejoice. About 1600 special rail-coaches are going to be adorned with mela-themed images (images of Naga sadhus and people taking a dip at), and slogans such as “Kumbh chalo” to give you a feel of it even before you set foot in the venue. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: International Flights to Start From Kushinagar Airport by Diwali, Announces CM Yogi
With 120 million people already expected at Ardh Kumbh Mela – this move is only going to take the number higher. The massive task of vinyl wrapping 1,600 coaches of the 800 special trains with pictures and messages about the Kumbh, along with a logo specially designed for the occasion, is already underway. Also Read - Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Meets Bollywood Personalities Over Film City in Uttar Pradesh's Noida
The Indian Railways is propagating the Kumbh fair in a big way this time, with pilgrims expected to come in in larger numbers on occasions like Makar Sankranti, Paush Purnima, Mauni Amavasya, Basant Panchami, Maghi Purnima and Mahashivratri. It won’t be a surprise if the nearly three-month long affair at Prayagraj will turns out to be the biggest people attracting event in the country.
Much attention is being given to the maintenance of these coaches with the Railways ensuring superior mechanised cleaning. They’ve also constructed four big enclosures to house about 10,000 pilgrims at Allahabad Junction which will have basic amenities like vending stalls, water booths, ticket counters, LCD TVs, passenger announcing systems, CCTVs and separate toilets blocks for men and women. To print open defecation, measures are also being taken to construct public toilets near stations by Allahabad Municipal Corporation. A temporary helipad service too will be operational during the mela, for which construction in Hariharvan village near the city is underway.