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Dhanbad station annexe ready

- New complex on southern side eyes mid-Jan debut

Come January 15, Dhanbad station will boast a wide range of facilities, right from a huge waiting hall and ticket counter to enquiry office and a parking lot, thanks to an extension on the southern side that will be thrown open to public.

Senior divisional commercial manager of Dhanbad division of East Central Railway Dayanand said the Rs 4.5-crore new station complex, which is almost complete with only the approach road remaining, would be ready by mid-January.

“A 60mX15m hall has been developed near the entrance of the new complex with a waiting room for first-class passengers. Besides, a roundabout and a parking lot towards Purana Bazaar have been constructed,” said Dayanand.

He added that once the ticket counter, enquiry office and four catering units were furnished, the south-end complex would be ready for use. These facilities will add up to the existing ones on the station’s main premises in the north.

On the approach road, Dayanand said a DPR was being prepared to construct it near DAV School grounds. “As it is a time-taking process, we are developing a temporary approach road through Purana Bazaar,” Dayanand said.

This will facilitate the opening of the new complex and help cope with the rush of passengers on the main complex of the station, which witnesses a daily footfall of more than 20,000 passengers as 132 trains pass through the A1 junction.

The extension will make commuting easier for residents of Baniahir, Barmasia, Bastacola, Bhaga, Bhagadih, Bhowra, Chasnala, Dhansar, Digwadih, Ena Gandhinagar, Islampur, Jharia, Joraphatak, Manaitand, Patherdih, Phusbunglow, Purana Bazaar, Sudamdih and Sindri, who now have to cross the congested Bank More bridge to reach the main station.

East Central Railway (Dhanbad division) had prepared the station’s expansion plan in 2005, which was approved by the Railway Board in 2009. Actual work on the project began in August 2011.


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