Tetulmari commuters on a high

Tetulmari station near Dhanbad got two new platforms on Wednesday, a much needed "promotion" for its 1,600 train passengers who will now have easy ingress and egress from the 18 trains that pass through the busy junction.

By Praduman Choubey
  • Published 4.06.15
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Tetulmari station of Dhanbad railway division on Wednesday. Picture by Gautam Dey

Tetulmari station near Dhanbad got two new platforms on Wednesday, a much needed "promotion" for its 1,600 train passengers who will now have easy ingress and egress from the 18 trains that pass through the busy junction.

Inaugurated by minister of state of railways Manoj Kumar Sinha, the two "high-level" platforms replace the low, 1.5feet-high platforms that Tetulamari's passengers had to negotiate for all these years.

Station master A.K. Singh explained that earlier, the two platforms, each 211-metre long, were at a low level (455mm above the track), making it difficult for passengers, especially the elderly, to board and disembark from trains.

"Now, after raising the platforms, the height is 2.5feet (760 mm) above the track level," he said.

Dhanbad rail division assistant commercial manager Chandrasekhar Azad Snehi said the work to raise the height of the two platforms began about a year ago and was completed recently at a cost of around Rs 46 lakh.

"The higher level of the platforms will ensure passengers have a safer entry to and exit from trains as the coach door and the new platform will now be aligned," Snehi explained.

Tetulamari is an important link station of Dhanbad rail division on the grand chord section with annual earning of Rs 1.03 crore.

As many as three pairs of mail/express and six pairs passenger trains stop there daily (see box).

Among the others present at the inauguration of the two new platforms were Dhanbad's additional divisional manager H.K. Raghu, senior divisional commercial manager Dayanand and Baghmara MLA Dhullu Mahto.

A newly developed railway halt was also inaugurated on Wednesday at Ramakunda, about 47 km from Dhanbad, near Gomoh railway station by Giridih MP Ravindra Pandey in the presence of railway officials.

The halt, developed at a cost of Rs 7.49 lakh, will help more than 1,000 commuters of Ramakunda who had got to Gomoh, 5 km away, or Matari, towards Gaya, 11 km away, to catch trains.

Over the years, local residents have been holding several rail blockades to impress upon railway authorities the need for such a halt.

DAILY SCHEDULE

As many as 18 trains pass through Tetulmari daily

  • Ganga Sutlej Express (13308) 
  • Ganga Damodar Express (13329) 
  • Dhanbad Gaya Intercity Express (13305) 
  • Asansol Gomoh Memu (63541) 
  • Gomoh Asansol Memu (63542) 
  • Asansol Varanasi Passenger (53521) 
  • Koderma Dhanbad Memu (63550) 
  • Barddhman Junction Hatia Express (53061) 
  • Hatia Barddhaman Junction Express (53062)
  • Sindri Town Gomoh Passenger (53327) 
  • Dhanbad Hazaribagh Memu (63547)
  • Gomoh Sindri Town Passenger(53328)
  • Varanasi Asansol Passenger (53522)
  • Asansol Gomoh Memu (63543)
  • Gaya Dhanbad Intercity (13306) 
  • Gomoh Asansol Memu (63544) 
  • Ganga Sutlej Express (13307) 
  • Ganga Damodar Express (13330)