Southern Railway to run 12 special trains for Diwali
Chennai: With Deepavali around the corner, one of the main concerns of the migrant population is to get to their native places without hassles. Addressing this issue today, Southern Railway General Manager Vashista Johri has announced special trains and other measures.
Speaking to the media this morning, he said 12 special trains will be operated from the city to other southern parts of the country. The trains will take the passengers to Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari, among other places. Johri also mentioned that additional coaches have been added to a few trains to accommodate more passengers and steps are being taken to add extra coaches to a few other trains as well.
Talking about the strict regulations in place about carrying firecrackers on trains, he said violators would be severely dealt with. A few days ago, the railway officials and RPF personnel undertook a campaign to discourage people from carrying explosive/inflammable stuff on trains.
It was announced that Rs 3,000 fine and imprisonment up to three years will be imposed on the violators. During the campaign, RPF inspector Azhagarsamy had said the team wanted to prevent people from carrying hazardous crackers. The RPF will be on the look-out for suspicious people who carry such goods this season. Apart from this, a special group will be allotted on Deepavali for monitoring.
Last year, around 25 people were caught carrying crackers. "This year, too, our team will be on a strict vigil to avoid any mishaps due to crackers," he added. The railway officials continue with the campaign by distributing pamphlets with the awareness message and rules. Johri said security is being stepped up at railway stations to handle the large crowds during Deepavali rush and technology will be used to avert untoward incidents.
On the whole, Southern Railway is preparing to ensure no disturbances occur during Deepavali, Johri said.