The railways and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are setting up special facilities for the lakhs of people expected to visit the city for the 54th Mahaparinirvan Day — death anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar — from December 6.
The Central Railway (CR) will ask devotees to stand in queues at the station while boarding the special 14-coach trains starting from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).
“Every year, there is total chaos as many followers of Dr Ambedkar claim seats inside long-distance trains, causing problems for bona fide passengers,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The system would be undertaken in special long-distance trains starting from CST to Nagpur and Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh. “We will ask people to stand in queues and once the seating capacity inside the coach is full, they would be asked to lock the doors from inside,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the BMC has set up two control rooms, 1.5 lakh sq feet mandap, bathing units and mobile toilets.
Mayor Shraddha Jadhav said: “We have done our best to make the stay of those coming into the city comfortable.”
In addition, a special watchtower has been erected on the sea front and lifeguards have been deputed to prevent any untoward incidences. Fire brigade vehicles, along with ambulances, have been kept on emergency services.
According to Rajesh Gholap from Kolhapur, who has been coming to the city for the past 22 years on Mahaparinirvan Day, the facilities have improved compared to previous years.