The decision in this regard was taken at a review meeting held here today by the Minister of state for Railways, Manoj Sinha, with top officials of the Southern Railways, including Vasishta Johri General Manager, Southern Railway, Sunil Bajpai, Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram.

Besides the 294 special trains, if necessary, more trains would be added after analysing the traffic, a railway press release stated.

Additional coaches have been added to existing trains to enhance 3700 berths.  Like last year, unreserved special trains will be run from major stations closer to the date of the Makaravilakku  to assist the increased number of pilgrims at Sabarimala. Special stoppage is being provided for trains at Thiruvalla and Chengannur', the release added.

To ensure hassle free Ticketing, additional ticket counter will be opened at Ernakulam , Kottayam, Chengannur, Thiruvalla stations. Smart Card operated automatic ticket vending machine  have been installed in 19 stations, including Chengannur, Kottayam, Tiruvalla and Ernakulam.

Currency and coin operated ticket vending machines will be made functional in this festival period in all major stations expecting pilgrim arrivals, the release said.

Additional security measures, provision of medical facilities, pre-paid auto/taxi facilities, would be made available at major disembarkation points at Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam  for Sabarimala.

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