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Railways commissions 41 projects at cost of Rs 700 crore for Kumbh Mela

Railways commissions 41 projects at cost of Rs 700 crore for Kumbh Mela

Indian Railways has commissioned 41 projects at a cost of Rs. 700 Cr for the Kumbh Mela that will begin in Allahabad (Prayag Raj) from January 2018.

Out of 41 projects, 29 have been already completed and the rest will be completed soon.

During the Kumbh Mela, 800 special trains are proposed to be run from various stations of the Prayag Raj Railway Station.

The railways has planned to operate four to five special trains for transporting 5,000 'Pravasi Bhartiyas' from Allahabad to New Delhi, who will go to Varanasi to participate in the 'Pravasi Bhartiya Divas', and will go to Allahabad from Varanasi to participate in the Kumbh Mela.

Enhanced Technology

The railways will use technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), in a big way to tackle the massive rush of passengers to this holy city during the mela.

While IBM will provide video analytics service using artificial intelligence for crowd control, there will be a large number of powerful CCTV cameras to monitor the situation and LED screens for displaying information.

North Central Railway, Allahabad, has also launched a mobile application titled 'Rail Kumbh Seva Mobile App'.

The passengers using this app will not only know their current location, but also will be able to navigate to all the railway stations, mela zone, important hotels, bus stands among others within the city.

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