Allahabad stampede: Bansal announces compensation
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The next holy bath at Kumbh fair is slated to be held on February 15 and 25. There is one holy bath in the next month also.
Bansal also announced free passes for the families of victims who want to reach the site. "Relatives of victims can avail two AC Second class passes to reach the site and for their return journey also."
About the arrangement, he said 220 trains were arranged for the occasion besides 212 regular trains which pass through Allahabad and adjoining stations.
"There are enclosures made for catering to the passengers for 220 special trains. Now we are pressing more trains to clear the rush. Yesterday, 69 special trains were pressed into service and today till now 27 more trains have been pressed into service," he said adding: "We are trying to divert some more trains for the Kumbh Mela.
"There are three more holy baths in the coming days. We have to strengthen the arrangement," he said.
Talking about yesterday's stampede, he said enclosures were broken due to the heavy rush but no railings were broken.
"We have launched helplines at many stations and we have received about 1100 queries so far. We are releasing the list of names of deceased and injured persons on railway websites."
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