Kerala: Special trains for Sabarimala pilgrims

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 15: The Southern Railway (SR) has made elaborate ticket booking arrangements, including a special computerised passenger reservation centre at Pampa, for the benefit of Sabarimala pilgrims, especially for devotees from other states during the ''Mandala-Makaravilakku'' season beginning tomorrow.

It would also set up additional unreserved ticket counters at Chengannur, Kottayam and Ernakulam Junction during the period depending upon the rush as part of arrangements to ensure hassle-free journey for the pilgrims, a SR release here today said.

Besides, additional booking/reservation counters would be opened at all the important stations in the Thiruvananthapuram division during the period, the release said and added that additional staff would also be deputed from other stations to man the counters.

Those who can speak more languages would be posted at information counters.

The Railway Protection Force will deploy additional personnel for security duty as well as to assist the pilgrims coming from various states.

A special task force, led by Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, will camp at Kottayam during the peak period from January 14 to 16, the release added.


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