Passengers enjoy the escalator ride at Dhanbad station on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Passengers at Dhanbad station can now enjoy a host of amenities, right from a huge waiting hall and ticket counter to an enquiry office and a parking lot, thanks to an extension on the southern side that was thrown open to public on Sunday.
Besides, the twin escalators — set up at a cost of Rs 90 lakh between platform numbers 2 and 3 — on the main station was inaugurated too.
East Central Railway’s Dhanbad division general manager Madhuresh Kumar inaugurated the Rs 4.5 crore new station complex when he unveiled a plaque and cut the ribbon around 10.30am.
Also present on the occasion were Dhanbad DRM B.B. Singh, senior DCM Dayanand, senior DOM Ved Prakash and RPF senior commandant H.M. Tiwari among others.
The officials took a round of the 60mX15m hall, waiting room for first class passengers, ticket counter and enquiry office on the complex.
Kumar then planted a sapling on the grounds in front of it and walked along the newly developed approach road to the station annexe to check out the surroundings.
The railway officials then returned to platform nos. 2 and 3 where Kumar unveiled another plaque to inaugurate the escalator service.
Talking to the media persons, Kumar said: “It’s a historic day for the station and an achievement for the Dhanbad division officials. The escalator service will bring relief to passengers, who have to trudge up and down the stairs, heavy luggage in tow.”
He further informed that this was the second such facility in East Central Railway after Patna.
“We have plans to develop the third one at Muzaffarpur Junction,” Kumar said and added that more such escalators at other platforms of Dhanbad, besides an elevator facility, were on the anvil.
“The lift will prove to be a boon for the elderly and senior citizens, who find difficulty in climbing stairs,” Kumar said.
He also expressed his satisfaction with the facilities at the southern extension that will add up to the existing ones on the station’s main premises in the north and help cope with the passenger rush.
The A1 junction witnesses a daily footfall of more than 20,000 passengers as 132 trains pass through it.
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 had to earlier cross the congested Bank More bridge to reach the main station.