Adityapur railway station hopes to host trains with 24 coaches. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
The Chakradharpur railway division is all set to extend platforms at Adityapur station, an important junction on the Howrah-Mumbai route.
The decision has been taken to accommodate long-distance trains that nowadays have 24 coaches. The existing platforms can accommodate trains with only 18 coaches.
At present, Adityapur station has only three platforms each measuring 262 metres. After the extension, each of the platform will run for 352 metres.
Divulging details about the project, Chakradharpur senior divisional engineer Anil Kumar Patel on Sunday said the decision had been taken keeping in mind the passenger pressure and the future railway services in this region.
An estimate of Rs 1.5 crore has been drawn up for the project and work will begin once fund is released by the authorities concerned. The Railway Board has been informed about the plan. The money will most likely come early next fiscal, Patel told The Telegraph.
He, however, claimed that extension programme would not be delayed or stalled because of fund crunch.
Besides, Adityapur and Govindpur, he added, would also serve as terminals for local trains to lessen the burden on Tatanagar.
A plan is also afoot to ready Govindpur and Adityapur as terminals for local trains. Once the plan gets through, local trains coming from Kharagpur and Badampahar end will terminate at Govindpur. Similarly, Adityapur will be the last stop for the ones coming from Bokaro, Gua and Chakradharpur side. This will help Tatanagar to be less congested, explained the senior divisional engineer of Chakradharpur.
Though Adityapur witnesses a footfall of over 3,000 passengers daily, the platforms here do not have adequate passenger-friendly facilities like dormitory, canteen, porter system and computerised ticket reservation system.
To top it all, the commuters tend to get down on the tracks to go from one platform to another, as the foot overbridge is located about 25 metres away from the platforms.
Concerned over lack of basic facilities at Adityapur, members of local NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha had even filed a PIL with Jharkhand High Court in April this year.