Ranchi railway division has lined up a host of puja gifts for commuters.
The upcoming escalator at Ranchi station is all set to be inaugurated on October 2. The frequency of Ranchi-Delhi Garibrath Express, which is bi-weekly, will be increased to thrice a week and last but not the least, Hatia-Yeshwantpur Weekly Special will turn into a regular train after Durga Puja.
Divisional railway manager Gajanan Mallya, after chairing a meeting of the divisional railway users’ consultative committee in the state capital on Wednesday, said that the escalator was ready and would be launched on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
“Passengers, especially women and senior citizens, would benefit a lot from it,” Mallya added.
The moving staircase, which can be used only for upward movement, is the first-of-its-kind in Jharkhand.
Mallya added that there were further plans to come up with elevators, linking the platforms with the footbridge.
The Garden Reach headquarters of south eastern railway has given the go-ahead for setting up three elevators — one each on platform No. 1, between platforms 2 and 3 and between 4 and 5, an official present in the meeting said.
However, unlike the escalator, only senior citizens and physically challenged will be allowed to use the lifts.
A formal tender will be floated, inviting bids from interested agencies, after the pujas.
This apart, the existing footbridge on the western side, which at present connects only platform No. 1 with 2 and 3, would be extended till platform No. 5. Work will commence soon, the official added.
With regard to increase of frequency of Garibrath Express, Mallya said the capital residents had been demanding for the same since long. Similarly, the Hatia-Yeshwantpur regular train too had been long awaited.
In the meeting, the possibility of re-opening the city booking centre at another location was also discussed.
“Railway officials asked us to look for a place where the city booking counters can be re-located. We will soon talk to Ranchi deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey whether we can get a space in district collectorate,” said Ashok Nagpal, a committee member.
The existing booking centre at Sainik Market has ceased to function after the railways’ agreement with Sainik Welfare Board expired.