March 30, 2009 1:45:04 am
Rs 286 crore allocated for amenities like computerised ticketing systems,platform shelters
Guided by demands of passengers,the Ambala Division of the Northern Railways has put passenger amenities and traffic improvement projects at the top of its priority list.
The Division proposes to spend a considerable amount of the budget on facilitating passenger travel. From water supply on platforms to computerised reservations at all stations,the Division has put aside Rs 286 crore for these facilities and many more.
The Division aims to expand the focus of development works from major railway stations to smaller ones.
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Largely guided by suggestions made by the public,the Division has decided to focus on passenger amenities,computerisation and traffic augmentation work even at smaller railway stations, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) H K Jaggi.
The DRM further said the Division proposes to spend Rs 185 crore on repair and replacements of tracks,Rs 65 crore on passenger amenities and Rs 36 crore on traffic improvement works.
Also,computerised ticketing systems will be provided at all stations under the Division.
Passenger amenities include extending platforms to cover the entire length of trains,providing platform shelters at all platforms,providing foot overbridges with additional ones to check increased passenger traffic. Work on these facilities would be undertaken in Chandigarh as well; platform shelters on all platforms across the station have already been constructed.
Apart from platforms,services outside the station would also be upgraded. Installing signages,touch-screen enquiry panels and additional counters at stations are all under our proposed plans, added Jaggi.
The division has chalked out plans to provide computerised ticketing system at all stations under the entire Northern Railways. Jaggi said,Computerised reservation and ticketing system has been installed at Anandpur Sahib and Mohali stations. Kiratpur,Morinda and Malot stations will have the upgraded system in another month. The Division at present serves five states,including Haryana,Punjab,Himachal Pradesh,Uttar Pradesh,Rajasthan and Chandigarh,and covers 136 stations.
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