The double-laning of Dappar-Chandigarh railway track is expected to be completed by end of next year, said S K Agarwal, additional general manager, Northern Railways, here on Wednesday.
The work has been pending for a long time. In January 2013, when the then Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal had said the particular railway line would be made a double track by December 2013, Rs 199 crore was sanctioned. However, the work did not take off.
Once the double track is complete, the frequency of trains between Chandigarh and New Delhi can be increased and travel time will also be significantly reduced.
The facelift of Chandigarh railway station towards ‘world-class’ status will at least take another two years. The station was one of the five chosen from across the country for improving facilities to meet international standards.
“The project will face a minimum of two years’ delay as the Public-Private Partnership mode has been facing major hurdles. A Special Purpose Vehicle is yet to be assigned which will be responsible for development of stations across the country. Hence, the process is taking time,” the AGM said.
Last month, UT Administration, in accordance with the railways and the ministry, had approved a concept plan for the “redevelopment” of 500 acres of railway land. As per the plan, the railway station was to be self-financed project for the commercial development which will house hotels, malls and commercial establishments. Indian Railway Station Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC), in consultation with a German consultant, prepared the concept plan for its redevelopment.
The plan has been prepared on the pattern of an international airport. For instance, there will be a bank, a food court, cloak rooms and a VIP waiting lounge. Sources said emphasis would be laid on providing all facilities to passengers at the station.
Station to get more amenities soon: Divisional commercial manager Parveen Dwivedi
> Lifts at each platform
> Two new retiring rooms at platform No 1.
> Train sheds at platform number 2/3 to be expanded.
> Station to be equipped with LED-lighting ‘passenger traffic for short-distance trains saw 4-5% fall’ According to S K Agarwal, the number of passengers opting for unreserved trains which ply for short-distances between two major cities saw a decrease of 4-5 percent across the country in 2014. He cited ‘economic slowdown’ as a main factor.
E-ticketing, parcel transfer to be digitisedin 2 years: Officials
Railway officials said that by 2017, the digitisation process is expected to be replicated in Chandigarh sector and during the same time-period rail parcel process will be digitised and its data can be accessed online.