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Wait for Tatanagar entrance No. 2

- Escalators priority for now, say railway officials

The second entrance to Tatanagar station from Burmamines-end won’t open this year.

To benefit passengers arriving from Telco, Golmuri, Baridih, Sakchi and adjoining areas, the entrance will take another year to get ready.

At present, passengers cross the congested Station Road as well as an overbridge.

Tatanagar station manager Awtar Singh said they were not hopeful that the nearly project would end this year.

“Fresh tenders have been invited for the remaining work. Completion of the project will take time,” he said.

The Rs 5-crore project also includes a foot overbridge and escalators.

Officials said funds to the tune of Rs 1.75 crore were sanctioned by the railway board for the project so far.

Work for the second entrance began in 2010. Ticket counters, a waiting room, toilets, car parking and other facilities are almost ready.

Chakradharpur railway division has also taken steps to sort out encroachment.

The tender process for two escalators has already been completed. While one of these will provide access from the overbridge to platform Nos. 2 and 3, the other will connect it to platform Nos. 4 and 5.

Singh said escalators would be a boon for the elderly, the physically challenged and passengers with heavy luggage. “The entry on the Burmamines side will be thrown open to passengers after work on escalators is over,” he added.

A senior official of Garden Reach headquarters of South Eastern Railway said an abandoned overbridge on the Burmamines-end needed to be revamped too.