Patna News: As the auspicious Chhath festival approaches, the transportation landscape in Bihar witnesses a chaotic surge as people make fervent attempts to reach their hometowns. The scenes at transportation hubs—airports, bus stands, and railway stations—reveal overwhelming crowds, surpassing the capacity of available trains and buses. This overcrowding is not limited to journeys from other states to Bihar but is equally prevalent in trains connecting various cities within the state, notably the capital, Patna.
Chhath Festival Chaos: Overcrowded Transportation Sees Passengers Taking Perilous Measures
The desperation among passengers to reunite with their families for the significant festival has led to extraordinary measures. Disturbing images from Patna depict passengers hanging perilously from train gates and windows, defying safety norms due to the sheer lack of space within the trains. The situation paints a stark picture of the challenges faced by people attempting to travel amid the festive rush.
Reports indicate that traditional modes of transportation, including trains and buses, are stretched beyond their capacity. Passengers narrate their struggles, emphasizing the scarcity of available seats. Buses arriving from Delhi are reportedly packed, forcing many travelers to stand for the entirety of the journey. Such overcrowding poses risks to passenger safety and raises concerns about the adequacy of arrangements to handle the festive rush.
The urgency to return home for the festival has compelled individuals to explore alternative means of transportation. Notably, many have resorted to riding in goods trucks, a makeshift solution born out of the unavailability of seats in conventional modes of travel.
In response to the escalating situation, the East Central Railway has organized special trains to accommodate the surge in passengers during the Chhath festival. Approximately 126 pairs of special trains are slated to run between various stations within the railway’s jurisdiction, making over 1500 trips during the festive period from October to December.
The disconcerting scenes at transportation hubs underscore the need for comprehensive planning and measures to ensure the safety and convenience of passengers during significant festivals, emphasizing the importance of timely and efficient transportation management.