Renovation work in progress at Tatanagar railway station. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, April 15: The Tatanagar railway station is set for a complete makeover.
With the renovation work on, an effort is being made to give the railway station a different look.
The renovation work comprises beautification and construction of the roads leading to the station and also opening up of ATM centres.
“The renovation work is a part of the beautification drive of the railway station and its circulating area,” said L.B. Ram, the station manager at Tatanagar.
The construction of a new over bridge at platform 1 is also being initiated. It would connect the reservation centre to various platforms.
The construction of the bridge would lessen congestion at this platform.
C.K. Manjhi, the assistant divisional engineer at the Tatanagar railway station, told The Telegraph that renovation work at the station is being undertaken after 10 years.
“Several parts at the station area needs to be renovated. The renovation work would be complete in the next two months. Requisite funds have been sanctioned by the South Eastern Railway for carrying out the renovation work,” said Manjhi, adding that the floors of the booking counters would also be constructed which are completely defunct.
“These floors would be constructed with granite stones which have come from Rajasthan,” said Manjhi.
Moreover, the drainage system is also being streamlined for smooth flow of water.
“We would ensure that passengers feel comfortable at the station area. All the drains are being cemented,” he said, adding that adequate seating arrangements will also be made on the railway platforms.
As a part of the beautification, project roundabouts on Station Road are also in the offing. The parking zone would also be modified as a part of the renovation plan.
Railway officials said that apart from Tatanagar similar renovation work would also be undertaken at other important railway stations including Jharsuguda, Chaibasa and Rourkela under the Chakradharpur division.
A high-level team from Garden Reach, the headquarters of South Eastern Railway, visited all the major railway stations under the Chakradharpur division to take stock of the passenger amenities and other infrastructure facilities. In a recent move, the Chakradharpur division also initiated the process of outsourcing the cleanliness job at Tatanagar.
The formalities related to the tenders are expected to be completed by the end of this month following which a private party would be assigned to look after the upkeep of the railway station.
“Depending on the response at Tatanagar, the cleanliness job would be outsourced to private parties in other important railway stations under the division,” said T.K. Bhattacharya, the area railway manager of Tatanagar.