Jamshedpur, Aug. 20: The Chakradharpur railway division is working overtime to make Tatanagar, coping with 35 pairs of trains and a daily rush of 40,000 people, more passenger-friendly.
The divisional authorities have drawn up a decongestion blueprint for platforms and premises as a part of its modernisation project for Tatanagar, which is listed as an A-category station by the Indian Railway.
If the following measures fall in place, people boarding trains from the station can look forward to a hassle-free journey in the near future.
Relocation of parcel depot
Parcel carts and luggage trolleys often block space, giving passengers a harrowing time during rush hours. Plans are afoot to shift the parcel depot on platform No. 1 close to the milk sidings at Chakradharpur-end of the station. The move is aimed at giving passengers more manoeuvring space during arrival and departure of trains
Remodelling parking space
Separate lanes will be made for private and public vehicles. The existing arrangement has a single lane for both, which often results in chaos and confusion. Separating private and public parking zones will also help avoid congestion near the entrance of the station. The railway authorities are also mulling a dedicated lane for auto-rickshaws alone
Entry through Burmamines-end
The most important revamp will be to allow passengers to enter the station from Burmamines side via an overbridge. The old and abandoned overbridge will soon be repaired, courtesy the office of senior divisional engineer.
Passengers coming from Sakchi, Golmuri, Burmamines, Telco, Baridih, Sidhgora and Agrico will be benefited by this move. A ticket booking counter and a parking area near Star Talkies will ease troubles further.
Station manager A.K. Agarwal said they had been toying with the new entry idea for sometime. ďThe new divisional railway manager (DRM) of Chakradharpur, Achal Khare, is keen on entry through Burmamines-end. The initiative will streamline traffic movement on approach roads to the station,Ē he said.
Extension of platform shades and provision for toilets at platform Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 are on the cards. An anti-encroachment drive to clear approach roads to the station is also being mulled.
Message from DRM
ďOur sole objective is to provide the best of services to passengers at Tatanagar. We will go the whole hog to meet that promise,Ē Khare told The Telegraph