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New Delhi: New platforms, foot over-bridges, drinking water facilities, special trains, medical as well as catering facilities have been set up by the railways to serve the millions of pilgrims descending on the Nasik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015.

Central Railway spent Rs.25.8 crore in the arrangements, Indian Railways said in a statement on Wednesday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday reviewed the arrangements with the Railway Board.

At Nasik railway station, 85 new drinking water taps, 60 new toilets, 90 new urinals and 22 new unreserved booking counters are being added to the existing seven.

The railways are running 14 additional short-distance and 15 additional long-distance trains to serve the pilgrims.

Central Railway is running 12 fully-reserved special superfast trains between Nasik Road and Howrah and 39 special unreserved trains between Nasik Road-Bhusaval and Odha Igatpuri.

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For crowd management, three passenger holding areas have been set aside at Nasik Road goods shed and two holding areas at Nasik Road station.

Six manned watch towers have been erected to keep constant vigil on the crowd in addition to 120 CCTV cameras at Nasik, Devlali and Odha.

To boost security and prevent any untoward incident, 60 metal detectors have been pressed into service and 200 portable barricades set up to segregate crowds.

The public address system has been strengthened by 34 additional speakers in Nasik railway station to the existing 104 speakers, the railways said in the statement. (IANS)

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Korea To Survey Railways That Were Cut During The Korean War

The projects are among many agreements reached between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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A South Korean train transporting South Korean officials runs on rails that lead to North Korea inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. VOA

A South Korean train entered to North Korea on Friday as the two countries began inspecting northern railways tracks they hope to relink with the south.

About 30 officials from each side will participate in an 18-day joint survey of railways tracks cut since the Korean War.

“We will maintain close consultation with related nations so that the project to connect the South and North’s railways could proceed with international support,” South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said during a ceremony at Dorasan Station near the border.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae. VOA

The Koreas, however, cannot proceed much further with the project without the removal of U.S.-led sanctions against the North.The U.S. has said the sanctions will remain until North Korea takes convincing measures toward full denuclearization.

The UN Security Council granted exemptions to sanctions last week, allowing the implementation of the cross-border infrastructure project.

Also on Friday, the North and South militaries completed removing 20 front-line guard posts and land mines from a border area where they plan to start their first-ever joint search for remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, according to an official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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The projects are among many agreements reached between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their three meetings this year, as part of a diplomatic initiative that eased tensions over the North’s nuclear program. (VOA)