Kolkata Metro railway authorities have decided to run around 50 additional trains on Sunday to handle the extra rush of the passengers. September 25 being the last Sunday before Mahalaya, it is expected that a huge number of people will take the Metro to visit various places for shopping. The decision was taken to manage the extra rush of the passengers. A senior official of the Metro railways said that from now there will additional trains on every Sunday till the completion of Durga Pujas.
It was learnt that altogether around 174 trains would be plying between Kavi Subhash and Kavi Nazrul every Sundays. Though, for this Sunday there will be 224 Metro services in the city apprehending a huge rush of passengers.
According the Metro railways authorities the first Metro of the day will start its journey at 10 am on every Sunday while for this Sunday the services will be available from 6.45 am expecting an extra rush of passengers from the morning. To manage the crowd at various important Metro stations there will be additional deployment of Railway Protection Forces inside the stations while the Kolkata police will control the crowd outside the Metro stations.
The city police have taken necessary arrangements to ensure the security of the people visiting various markets for shopping. Keeping in view the growing number of pickpockets and snatching incidents, police personnel will be deployed at the important places in plain clothes to check them. There will be additional forces of women police personnel at various places. According to the sources, police in plain clothes will carry out vigil at the Shyambazar, New Market areas as well as Gariahat and other areas. To ensure proper traffic management, there will be additional police personnel of city traffic department in various parts.
Senior Metro railway officials are taking measures to ensure uninterrupted Metro services during Pujas and to put in place the required infrastructure to handle the huge rush of passengers in a better way.