Jamshedpur : The second entry gate to Tatanagar railway station from Burmamines end, that is likely to make boarding trains easier for those coming from the eastern parts of the steel city, is likely to be opened to public within this year.
The second entrance to Tatanagar railway station from the Burmamines end is aimed at reducing congestion at the main entrance. The entrance will be opened later this year.
The second entrance will help passengers coming from Sakchi, Golmuri, Baridih and Telco areas of the steel city.
Funds to the tune of Rs 1.75 crore have already been spent for developing the second entrance, work for which began in 2010. Ticket counters, a waiting room, toilets, parking and other facilities are almost ready. Officials at Chakradharpur railway division have also taken steps to resolve bottlenecks due to encroachments.
South Eastern Railway’s second busiest railway station is also preparing for an escalator. While one will provide access to platform No. 2 and 3, the other will link platform Nos. 4 and 5 at Tatanagar.
Tatanagar will be the second station under South Eastern Railway (SER) to boast this facility. Howrah station in Bengal, which is also the most busiest, already has escalators connecting its old and new complexes. The facility was introduced in 2011.
The Tatanagar station assumes importance in view because it is located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route. 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 60,000 passengers.
“ We are working on the project on ticket counters, a waiting room, toilets, car parking and other facilities are almost complete. We think it will take some time,” said a senior railway official from Chakradharpur.
“Tatanagar is significant because it falls on the Howrah-Mumbai main line. It is the busiest passenger junction in the state and hosts around 80 trains every day.
Dhanbad, which is a much smaller station, has escalators,” senior functionary of the association U.K. Srivastava reasoned.