Jamshedpur : The ambitious project of installation of escalators has started at Tatanagar railway station.
Railway officials have made markings at platform no. 1 and 2 where the moving stairs would be installed. The South Eastern Railway headquarters in Kolkata has already given its nod for the much awaited project. The electrical engineering department of Chakradharpur railway division had earlier prepared a blueprint of the project which would cost about Rs 1 crore.
Station manager of Tatanagar O. P Sharma said :”We have completed formalities for starting the work for the project. It will take around six months for the installation work of the two escalators which would connect the old bridge that was converted into a footbridge,” said Sharma.
According to Sharma, the escalators would make the station more passenger friendly. ” Tatanagar is the first station under Chakradharpur railway division which has been selected for the escalator project.
Several factors were taken into account for selecting the station. Tatanagar is the most busiest station under the division which witnesses a footfall of about 50,000 passengers daily. Apart from this it is the only A 1 category station under Chakradharpur division,” explained the senior railway official.
Officials at the railway’s electrical engineering department revealed that along with the pair of escalators, which will connect platforms one and two, a lift has been proposed at the railway station to make railway journey easier for the elderly and the indisposed.
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.
Tatanagar, the second busiest station of South Eastern Railway, will be the second to boast the escalator facility. Howrah station in Bengal, the busiest on the South Eastern Railway network, has escalators connecting its old and new complexes. The facility was introduced in 2011.
Another official explained that escalators at the station would come as a boon for the elderly, the physically challenged and passengers who travel with heavy luggage. The entry on the Burmamines side of the station will only be thrown open to passengers after work on setting up the escalators is completed.
He further added that due to safety related issues it took some time for converting the abandoned road overbridge into a footbridge.
“ Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express. The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 50,000 passengers,” an official said.