UPSRTC, Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation, will run 6000 additional buses for Kumbh Mela 2013 at Allahabad. In order to clear the extra rush of passengers during the Maha Kumbh Mela, UPSRTC has taken this decision. Kumbh Mela begins on January 14 (Makar Sankranti) and ends on Maha Shivratri (March 10).
As per the UPSRTC officials, more than 4 crore pilgrims may visit the Sangam city during the 55-day Kumbh Mela.
The additional buses will run in three phases…
In the first phase (January 10 to February 5), 1,800 buses will be pressed into service to ferry pilgrims from the state’s various bus stations to Allahabad.
In the second phase (February 6 to February 16), 2,000 additional buses will be introduced.
In the third phase (February 17 to March 10), the UPSRTC will introduce 2,750 additional buses for the devotees heading to the Sangam city.
Some buses will also make additional trips to towns like Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Sarnath, Vindhyachal and Varanasi. The UPSRTC spokesperson said 262 buses will make 604 trips to these religious towns on normal days, while on special days (bathing days) 660 buses will make 1,655 trips.
A temporary bus station has been built at Phaphamau to control overcrowding at the Civil Lines and KP College bus stations in Allahabad.
Temporary facilities at the Mukhya Mela bus station, KP College ground, and Arail Agriculture Institute ground have been upgraded. A control room has also been set up, the spokesperson said.