Renovation work in progress. Pix: Srinivas
Jamshedpur, Dec. 5: A revamped railway station and a warm welcome will greet participants of the 34th National Games here.
From a new upper class waiting room, congestion-free parking lots and a portico to a sleek concourse area, the Tatanagar railway station is set for a makeover. Glazed tiles and granite slabs will replace the broken tiles that dot the entrance and some areas of platform one and a fresh coat of paint would be applied. A reception and helpline booths will also be set up. The upkeep of the station has been outsourced to a private agency — with instructions to pay extra attention to cleanliness.
Tapan Kumar Bhattacharyya, the area manager of Tatanagar, said: “We have the responsibility to guide, receive and welcome the 2,000 participants who come here for the events allotted to Jamshedpur. We’re working along with National Games Organising Committee (NGOC), Jamshedpur.”
Bhattacharyya, who is also a member of the transport committee of NGOC, Jamshedpur, said volunteers would welcome the participating athletes, coaches and technical officials.
“Some will be coming by trains while others would be taking the road. We need to improve the facilities at the stations,” he added.
“The area near the parcel godown is also going to be clean and congestion-free. The parking stand near the parcel godown will be closed as it attracts a lot of people. We have also blocked the stairway (also near the parcel godown),” he added.
“We are converting a part of the goods godown into an upper class waiting room. The one we have is located on the first floor of the station. We felt the need for another one on platform one.”
He said that duties for Games volunteers would be pre-assigned.
“The transport panel would be having prior information of the participating athletes and technical officials. Arrangements would be made in accordance to the travel plans of the visitors,” said Bhattacharyya, adding that participants would be guided to their respective hotels when they arrive.
Sources said that the Chakradharpur division of the SER is also improving facilities at Jarsuguda, Chakradharpur and Rourkela stations.