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TIC requests Prabhu to keep Bhopal station ready for Ijtema

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Tablighi Ijtema Committee here has requested the not to carry out maintenance work at the city's main railway station during the 3-day annual international Islamic meet, beginning on November 26 in Eintkhedi.

In a letter, released today, to the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, TIC chairman Iqbal Hafeez Khan has requested the planned maintenance work at platform no 1 be postponed to December 5. In the alternative, it should be completed by next month, so as to avoid inconvenience to lakhs of devotees arriving here to attend the 69th Aalmi Tablighi Ijtema (International Islamic Congregation).

"We have come to know through newspaper reports that the platform number one at main station will be closed for maintenance between November 2 and December 15. As a result all the trains coming from are proposed to be stopped at Habibganj station," the letter said.

It would create a problem for the devotees as well as the district administration in regulating the traffic, it said.

Khan also lauded the for extending special support for the meet, popularly known as Ijtema.

TIC had already petitioned the local Railway authority and the district administration over the issue, the letter said.

Over 12 lakh Muslims from India and 30 other countries are expected to attend the Ijtema, which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called "the pride of Bhopal".

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First Published: Sun, September 04 2016. 18:07 IST