Jamshedpur, July 1: The two-member team from Railway Board’s Passenger Amenities Committee (PAC) on Friday�gave thumbs up to the A 1-category Tatanagar railway station during their maiden inspection on Friday.
The two members– Ashok Tripathi and L P Jayaswal � were accompanied by divisional railway manager of Chakradharpur, Rajendra Prasad and senior divisional commercial manager Satyam Prakash.
�We have inspected the facilities and are satisfied with the facilities at the Tatanagar railway station. But, a lot needs to be done. You will find more passenger amenities coming up at Tatanagar in another six months or so,” said Tripathi soon after the inspection.
Apart from inspecting the passenger amenities on the platforms, the two members of the Railway Board went around the facilities at the computerized reservation centre, the waiting halls and railway canteen.
Tripathi said, �We have prepared our report and will discuss them with the railway zonal and divisional authorities for necessary improvements. For policy matters and issues like demand for trains those things are required to be discussed with the chairman of Railway Board.”
Referring to a complaint on pay toilet, which the two-member team got during the course of inspection Tripathi said he has asked railway authorities to either remove or impose penalty on the contractor running the facility (pay toilet) on the station premises.
Tripathi announced that a separate counter for ticket bookings will be opened for journalists at the Tatanagar railway station from tomorrow.
He asked the DRM to look into it and ensure that the counter functions from�tomorrow.
Meanwhile, DRM Rajendra Prasad said that tenders have been finalized and that the escalator and elevator facility at the Tatanagar railway station will start in the next six months. “The commissioner of railway safety has also given nod for extension of platform no. 1.
This will help in accommodating trains with 22 coaches,” said Prasad adding that two other railway stations under Chakradharpur division-Rourkela and Jharsuguda would also be equipped with escalators in the next six months or so.