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From January 12-17, Eastern Railway to run special EMU trains to Gangasagar Mela
By Tasso Konia
Eastern Railway will run 12 Galloping EMU Mela Special trains between January 12 and January 17, 2022, in order to accommodate the rush of pilgrims during the Gangasagar Mela celebrations. It began on Saturday and will run until January 16, according to the festival's website.
Three trains will depart from Sealdah South, two trains will depart from Kolkata station, five trains will depart from Namkhana, and one train will depart from each of Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip. There will be a total of 12 EMU Mela special trains. Additionally, three regular local trains in the area will have their routes extended during the aforementioned time period, according to Eastern Railway.
They will depart from Sealdah South at 6.15 hours, 14.40 hours, and 16.24 hours; from the Kolkata station at 7.35 hours and 21.30 hours; and in the reverse direction, they will depart from Namkhana at 09.10 hours, 11.18 hours, 18.35 hours, 19.05 hours, and 02.05 hours; from Kakdwip at 14.40 hours; and from Lakshmikantapur at 23:15 hours.
It will be Sealdah station rather than Kolkata station where the Kolkata - Namkhana Down Galloping EMU special through Majerhat - Ballygunj - Laxmikantapur will depart on January 14 instead of Kolkata station. Starting on January 16, the Lakshmikantapur - Namkhana - Lakshmikantapur portion of the EMU trains will operate as a weekday service.
The Galloping Mela Special trains will make stops at the stations of Ballygunj, Sonarpur, Baruipur, Lakshmikantapur, Nischindapur, and Kakdwip as well as the stations of Sonarpur and Baruipur.
The Gangasagar Mela is celebrated annually on the island of Sagar in West Bengal during the Makar Sankranti holiday, and it attracts thousands of pilgrims who flock to the site to bathe in the sacred Ganga river, which is considered sacred by Hindus.