In view of the railway budget scheduled to be announced on February 24,the Ambala Division is hoping to receive sanction for various proposals that were put up earlier too. The major focus is on passenger convenience this time. Some of these proposals include another foot overbridge at the Chandigarh railway station,doubling of Dappar-Chandigarh track,extension of the circulating area and other proposals for traffic improvement.
According to senior officials at the Division,the focus this year too has been on maximum passenger comfort and traffic improvement.
The doubling of the Ambala-Chandigarh section has been on the cards for almost two-three years. Though recently,the Division received sanction for doubling from Ambala to Dappar.
Now officials hope the remaining section from Dappar till Chandigarh should also receive be approved.
The Chandigarh railway station has been a very important station for the Division. The expansion and upgrading of the Chandigarh railway station is on the cards. This includes expansion of the circulation and parking area so that passengers do not face any difficulty, said Divisional Railway Manager Y P Singh. There is also a proposal to extend the existing foot-over bridge to the parking area,bypassing the circulating area and platform number one.
The proposal for an additional foot-over bridge was mooted in the previous budget too. This was to provide a ramp for the physically-challenged.
Though the DRM was silent on any proposal about addition of any new train or extension of any existing one,keeping in mind the increase in passenger traffic,there has been a demand for the Paschim Express,running as part of the main train,to be converted into a regular train.
It is also demanded on behalf of the residents of the region that regular trains for Goa via Pune,Bangalore and Jammu Tawi and Naded Sahib be sanctioned. Also,security towards Panchkula side entry is inadequate,particularly during the night when the lighting is not sufficient, said Joginder Singh Bhogal,member of the Zonal Railway User Consultative Committee,Chandigarh .