Plea for rail facility

The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Sunday wrote to Chakradharpur railway division suggesting some measures to improve passenger amenities at Tatanagar station.

By Our Special Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 16.10.17
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Jamshedpur: The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Sunday wrote to Chakradharpur railway division suggesting some measures to improve passenger amenities at Tatanagar station.

In the letter addressed to senior divisional commercial manager of Chakradharpur division Bhaskar, SCCI secretary Satyanarayan Agarwal pointed out the anomalies in the parking area outside the A1-category station and stressed on immediate remedial measures.

"The parking contractor is not supposed to take dropping charges from passengers, which is against the railway rule. But often passengers, cab and autorickshaw operators complain that they are asked to pay dropping charges by the private agency that looks after the day-to-day affairs of the parking," said Agarwal, who is also a member of Tatanagar station's advisory committee. He also proposed exit gates for smooth movement of vehicles in the parking area.

The trade outfit also demanded a rollback of the hike in platform tickets from Rs 10 to Rs 20 besides starting pre-paid taxi and auto-rickshaw services. "Often auto-rickshaws and cab operators fleece passengers for dropping them to their destination, especially during night. Pre-paid service will help them to overcome such problems," the SCCI official said.

The letter also underscored the problems faced by passengers due to the defunct escalators. "Though escalators have been installed on platforms 1 and 3, but the passengers are deprived of the facility. The railways should start the escalators on a priority."

The trade outfit also drew the railway's attention to the sorry condition of the busy Jugsalai-Station Road stretch near the Sankata Singh petrol pump. "Often traffic congestion takes place at that junction because of the dilapidated condition of the road. Often passengers are stuck during rush hours and sometimes they miss their trains, too," Agarwal said.