On the auspicious occasion of the Chhath festival, Indian Railways has gone the extra mile to ensure the utmost convenience of the passengers amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
In order to maintain the highest degree of safety protocols amidst the health crisis, only those passengers who have confirmed tickets are allowed to enter the waiting room arrangement made outside the station (Pandal), the seating arrangements are made following social distancing norms and all are required to wear masks.
A special helpdesk has been also provided at the Anand Vihar Railway Station for passengers and a special arrangement has been made for women commuters for their safety. The Railways has also stationed doctors to tackle any medical contingency among passengers.
Basic amenities like clean toilets, TV screens have been installed that will display Chatt programs, special announcements are being made for the pilgrims for arrival and departure of special trains.
34-year-old Nilesh Mishra who has come all the way from Dubai to celebrate Chatt Pooja has lauded the effort made by the railway authority.
“I have come from Dubai for Chath Pooja. I wasn’t aware that Chhath celebrations were banned in Delhi this year, I got to know it only when I landed at the airport. It is a good decision by the Delhi Government to ban the celebrations in view of COVID-19 crisis,” Mishra said.
Another passenger Neeraj Srivatsava who came from Gujarat and will be going to Gorakhpur via Delhi to celebrate the Sun worship festival, said, “All the festive celebrations are dim this time due to COVID and it’s good that Chhath celebrations have been banned because if people would gather in large numbers, it will increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.”