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Swanky rail station on cards

Jamshedpur, Nov. 6: Tatanagar railway station would soon get a makeover.

The South Eastern Railway has approved funds of about Rs 5 crore to give this model station a smart, trendy look, but matching the facilities available in world-class stations could still be a distant dream.

Even then, in a bid to end the chaos on the platforms here the South Eastern Railway has several plans up its sleeves. Starting from infrastructure to passenger amenities, everything is up for re-modelling. Railway officials maintain that Tatanagar is considered as an A-category station under Chakradharpur division so much care is being taken for renovation and beautification.

The station that witness an average footfall of 40,000 passengers daily would have new ticket booking office with computers making the work more systematic. This will help in avoiding rush of passengers at station.

Even the portico and platforms are up for a makeover

According to area railway manager of Tatanagar T.K. Bhattacharya, the infrastructure development includes extension of the platform shelters. “The existing shelters on platform number two and three is unable to accommodate the coaches. The air-conditioned coaches are generally parked in the open. This result in inconvenience to passengers, especially during the rainy season. They find it difficult to board the train when it is raining heavily. Therefore, attempts are being made to extend the shelters to both these platforms keeping in mind passengers’ inconvenience,” he said.

A new foot bridge is also in the pipeline. This would be constructed at platform number one that would connect the platforms to the road outside the railway station.

The overbridge would help the passengers to come out of the station without pushing the crowd at the platforms.

Not only the interior, the place outside the station is on the makeover meter. The parking area would be concretised so that the cars move in and out smoothly without much of a hassle.

The entry and exit points would have computerised monitoring units that would check vehicles entering and coming out of the railway station. Close circuit television cameras would be installed in the parking area to monitor the people as well as cars.

Area railway manager of Tatanagar T.K. Bhattacharya said the renovation work is expected to complete in the next six months.

“Passenger amenity is our top priority. We have also decided to renovate the retiring and waiting rooms and officers’ rest houses. Moreover, attention would also be given for the upkeep of the revamped station. We recently outsourced the cleanliness of the railway station to a private firm for better results,” he said. The renovation story does not end here, concrete would pave way for marbles and granites at the platforms. Beautification of the circulating area outside the railway station is also on cards.

Station manager of Tatanagar L.B. Ram said measures would also be taken to streamline the process of registering complaints of passengers. “Our objective is to ensure passengers’ satisfaction through quality service,” he said.

Apart from the platforms much care is being taken to ensure cleanliness of the tracks through sophi-sticated cleaning equipment, he said.

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