More changes in the offing

More than 205 trains roll in and out of this station every day and around 3.5 lakh passengers use it daily. It is the oldest railway station in city and a British-era tunnel till recently was used for transportation of parcels.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 5, 2012 1:32 am

More than 205 trains roll in and out of this station every day and around 3.5 lakh passengers use it daily. It is the oldest railway station in city and a British-era tunnel till recently was used for transportation of parcels.

Now,the Northern Railway has put the Delhi Railway Station on top of its priority list for a massive makeover to enhance passenger comfort and streamlining functioning. The revamp,which has been on the cards for long,had till now been trying to cross the various fund-related hurdles.

The Northern Railway has already begun piecemeal work towards renovation of the station.

A second entry to the station was opened on Zorawar Singh Marg (Hamilton Road) on November 15,providing ease access from Ring Road.

“Construction work of a station building — with ticket booking counters and waiting halls — will be taken up shortly. This will decongest the main entrance on SP Mukherjee Marg,” said Ashwani Lohani,Divisional Railway Manager,Northern Railway.

The subway at the station,a British-era tunnel connecting Platform 1 to 15,which was being used for parcel movement till now is expected to open for passengers soon. The transition comes after the development of end-to-end pathways connecting all platforms.

“This tunnel will be renovated and made fit for use of passengers. This will,in turn,reduce the load on the two foot overbridges of the terminal,” Lohani said.

The connecting pathways,on either ends of platforms,has also made the station more comfortable for senior citizens and physically challenged users. Battery operated vehicles have also been introduced at the platforms to cater to senior citizens and disabled passengers.

“Some of the old buildings,which are out of use,harbour criminal elements. They also affect visibility and accessibility to the yard. They are being demolished gradually to improve safety and security of the staff working in the yards,” Lohani said.

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