VIJAYAWADA: The officials of South Central Railway acted swift and carpeted the entire Pushkar Nagar set up at the Railway Stadium, opposite Vijayawada Railway Station, for the convenience of lakhs of pilgrims attending the Krishna Pushkarams.
According to an official press release here on Friday, the measure was taken following the advice of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
South Central Railway general manager Ravindra Gupta, after discussions with the Chief Minister on August 18, instructed Vijayawada divisional manager Ashok Kumar to make necessary arrangements.
On Friday, Gupta took stock of the arrangements made at the station, satellite stations and the Pushkar Nagar. He advised the officials concerned to be ready to meet the requirements that may crop up due to sudden spurt in the rush during the final days of the event.
According to Gupta, the SCR had handled a sizable rush of pilgrim passenger traffic, as planned, all over the zone. “At Vijayawada and its adjacent railway stations, which handle major rush, additional traffic to the extent of one lakh per day, apart from the regular traffic, has been handled,” he explained.
The additional traffic of pilgrims on Guntur division is 26,500 per day, on an average, 4,600 per day at Krishna on Guntakal division, and 6,000 per day at Gadwal on Hyderabad division, he added.