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Moving stairways tomorrow

Train passengers, particularly senior citizens and the indisposed who face trouble in climbing up stairs at Ranchi station, can heave a sigh of relief.

For, the long-awaited escalators at the A-category railway junction, which hosts 53 pairs of trains and caters to a daily passenger traffic of 10,000, are ready and will be inaugurated on Tuesday.

Ranchi railway divisional manager G. Mallya will do the honours in presence of a host of senior rail officials. “The escalators are ready and trial runs have been conducted. We will press them into service on Tuesday,” Mallya said.

The moving staircases, which will be used for only upward movement, are the first-of-its-kind in Jharkhand.

The twin escalators have been set up at platform number 1 and between platform number 4-5.

Both escalators will only be used to reach the footbridge that connects the platforms. Passengers will have to use the existing staircases while coming down.

The South Eastern Railway has spent Rs 1.25 crore on this passenger-friendly project, work for which started in April.

This apart, work for a concrete washable apron at platform number 1 is going on and will be completed in 45 days.

During this period, no trains will run from this platform number.