To improve passengers services at Old Delhi railway station,the Delhi Division of Northern Railway is constructing a two-storey building that will have a waiting room and a cloak room. The building is to come up near Platform 16 the second entrance of the station at Hamilton Road.
Also approved,is the plan to construct a subway to connect all the 16 platforms of the station. According to officials,the waiting room will also house a cafeteria.
Officials said the station is connected to the Kashmere Gate ISBT via the Hamilton Road. Due to this,a large number of passengers use Platform 16 as the entrance to the station.
The passengers coming from Platform 16 have to go to the main entrance of the station near Platform 1 to book tickets or to wait till the train arrives. Hence,a waiting space and booking counter were needed at the other end, a senior Railway official said.
The ground-floor of the new building will have nine ticket booking counters and a cloak room. The second floor will have a state-of-the-art waiting area and a food court.
The new waiting room will accommodate approximately 200 people. The existing capacity of waiting room,on Platform 1,is 100 seats. Around 200 trains travel to Old Delhi station every day and around 3.5 lakh people frequent the station daily.
The design of the building has been finalised and construction started. The building is expected to be commissioned in two years, A K Sachan,Delhi Divisional Railway Manager,said.
Officials said the existing subway at the station will be opened for commuters to move between platforms. At present,commuters are restricted from using the subway.
We are examining the feasibility of carrying out technical changes to the base of the tracks,above the roof of the subway. Once this is done,the subway will be opened for the passengers. Once the subway opens for passengers,they will not have to walk through the food-overbridges with their luggage. Also,three escalators will be installed at the station, the official said.