Jugsalai overbridge to be U-shaped, new food court to come up soon

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    Jamshedpur : The newly appointed South Eastern Railway general manager S N Agarwal on Saturday appreciated the facilities at Tatanagar railway station, the only A-1 category railway station under the Chakradharpur railway division . Agarwal joined as the new general manager on Thursday.

    On his maiden inspection at the railway station today, Agarwal found the upkeep and the track conditions up to the mark. I am satisfied with the maintenance and the facilities at the Tatanagar railway station. Moreover, the track condition right from Howrah to Tatanagar is in a very good condition,” said Agarwal, after the inspection.

    The general manager also inspected the site where the ambitious escalator project would come up at the railway station. He set a deadline of March for making operational the two escalators and an elevator at the A-1 category station.

    “The two escalators will be connected to the existing overbridge, which will undergo complete modification as part of the project,” he said adding that the second entry to the railway station from Burmamines end would be fully operational sometime next year. He also informed that a foot overbridge will also come up at the Adityapur railway station for the convenience of passengers.

    According to plans, platform No. 1 will be equipped with an escalator ( or moving stairways ) , a lift and a ramp. Platform Nos. 2 and 3 will have ramps while the rest two platforms — 4 and 5 will have the facility of a lift and a staircase. The total project is estimated to cost over Rs 2 crore.

    Referring to the long pending Jugsalai railway overbridge project, the new general manager said that a U-shaped overbridge would come up, the plan for which will be finalized in the next one week or so.

    The railway has finalised the blueprint for the Rs 21.54 crore project. The road over bridge was a long pending demand of the people residing at Jugsalai.

    Sources informed that of the 21.54 crores, 9.77 crores will be spent by the railway, where as the remaining Rs 11.77 crores will be borne by the state government. The road over bridge would ensure smooth traffic and avoid decongestion as the commuters face it now while crossing the level crossing. The existing Jugsalai roundabout will remain where it is not, but its size will be reduced marginally.

    The general manager informed that a new food plaza would come up on the area on platform number one, which earlier used to house counters for unreserved tickets. Earlier, this year, the counters for unreserved tickets were shifted to the railway computerized passenger reservation system building close to the station.

    Divisional railway manager ( DRM) of Chakradharpur Rajendra Prasad, senior divisional commercial manager Satyam Prakash and other senior officials of Chakradharpur accompanied the general manager during the inspection.

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