New Delhi/June 21
Indian Railways on Friday decided to ferry pilgrims stranded in Uttrakhand free of cost to their respective destinations while Air India also offered concessional fares along with additional flights from Dehradun.
Indian Railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge said that railways have decided to carry stranded passengers free of cost to their respective destinations in coordination with Government of Uttarakhand.
Kharge directed Railway Board officials to arrange special trains to evacuate stranded persons from the calamity hit Uttarakhand areas.
“Special trains have been arranged to evacuate stranded persons from the calamity hit Uttarakhand areas and special trains have started running from Haridwar since last evening to Lucknow, Delhi and Ambala,” Kharge said, adding that more specials are being planned as per the requirements.
“Further senior officers have been deputed as Special officers in charge of four most crucial points that includes Chief Commercial Manager/Freight Marketing Sanjeev Garg at Dehradun (09717630953), Chief Commercial Manager/Project D. K. Singh at Rishikesh (097171630969), Additional Divisional Railway Manager (Moradabad) Hitendra Malhotra at Haridwar (09760534001) and Additional Divisional Railway Manager Vivek Srivastava at Delhi (09717631001),” Kharge said.
Indian railways has also setup Helplines (Haridwar: 09760534054, 09760534055, Dehradun: 01352-622131, Rishikesh 01352-434167) to provide information to stranded people.
Meanwhile, Indian Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh today directed Air India and Pawan Hans Helicopters to render all assistance to the Uttarakhand government in the search and rescue operation going on in the flood affected areas of the state.
“Air India has been directed to operate additional flights from Dehradun to bring stranded pilgrims and also offer concessional fares to the affected people,” Singh said, adding that Pawan Hans helicopter have already deployed three helicopters in rescue operation and have further asked them to deploy additional resources in the rescue operation in coordination with Uttrakhand government.
New Delhi/June 21