Special service this festive season
At the peak of this festive season, the Indian Railways has made special arrangements to ensure passengers travel hassle-free during the extra rush period. This arrangement comes in the wake of Diwali and Chhath puja following that in a week. In the very considerate move to ensure convenience to the common man, there are special trains introduced on newer tracks and increased bogies in existing routes with a view to meet the travel demand during the festive season. The initial announcement for this development had come on September 19, when Minister of State, Railways, Manoj Sinha said, "In the next 40 days, we will celebrate the Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali, and Chhath. So, we are introducing additional trains to facilitate holiday travelling." The minister added that they will run as many as 4,000 special trains during the Diwali holiday season between October 15 and October 31. The rush of passengers began much before Diwali and the Railways is running in full flow with the rush expected to continue well beyond Diwali with festivals like Bhai Duj and Chhath Puja also around the corner. This festive rush is a common phenomenon and the special strategy to manage it smoothly comes as a major relief to hundreds of commuters.