New Delhi station saw 6 lakh passengers a day during fest
New Delhi: Rush periods during major festivals are characteristic demanding times for Northern Railway. So it had rolled out a comprehensive action plan with a slew of initiatives to ensure utmost safety in regulation of crowds while making sure that passenger convenience is available across all major stations of the zone and in trains during the Diwali/Chhath period this year.
Where on an average about 8.5 lakh passengers are handled each day at the various terminals in the national capital area on normal days, New Delhi station alone witnessed a passenger surge up to 6 lakhs per day during these festival days.
Similarly, on normal days, Anand Vihar Terminal handles up to 50,000 passengers which increased to 80,000 persons per day during Diwali/Chhath rush.
There was about 20% increase in footfall. Huge crowds were witnessed in circulating area, waiting halls, booking counters, subways & platforms of the stations. Delhi Division of Northern Railway was able to effectively handle the passenger rush in Delhi area stations, especially at New Delhi, Anand Vihar Terminal and Old Delhi stations during this period.