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New Delhi station in for a change

If all goes according to plan,the New Delhi Railway Station will be flaunting a hi-tech building complete with organised ticket booking counters...

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi |
June 12, 2009 1:46:04 am

If all goes according to plan,the New Delhi Railway Station will be flaunting a hi-tech building complete with organised ticket booking counters,air-conditioned dormitories,waiting halls,ATMs and food courts — in a month’s time.

In fact,the new three-storied building on the Ajmeri Gate side has already begun partial operations.

“The project has already missed the target deadline but work is on in full swing and nearing completion now. The final phase of construction should be over in a month’s time and operations are expected to begin the following month,” B D Garg,Divisional Railway Manager,Northern Railways,said.

Booking counters on the Ajmeri Gate side were earlier located in makeshift sheds,with queues usually spilling out on to the main road. The new building,which is a part of the world class station plan,has been designed to create space at three levels and give a facelift to the station,Northern Railways officials said.

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Along with efficiency and comfort,the new building will also adhere to aesthetic guidelines. The façade of the station will have white colonial columns in sync with the look of Connaught Place,a senior Northern Railways official told Newsline.

The building,which is being developed keepiing in mind the requirements of the Commonwealth Games as well,will house a separate tourist facilitation centre to cater to the influx of visitors during the Games next year.

“A few essential enquiry and booking counters,ATMs and a café will come up at the entry level. The first floor will have a plush waiting hall,ticket vending machines and all booking counters. The second floor is being allotted air-conditioned dormitories,retiring rooms and an elaborate food plaza,” a senior Northern Railways official said.

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However,with only a part of the building open to the public,passengers are confused and lost. Not all booking counters on the first floor are operational and lack of direction and information is leading to passengers queuing up in front of wrong counters.

Northern Railways officials,on the other hand,feel these are teething problems and once the entire building is operational,the counters will be more organised and easier to locate.

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First published on: 12-06-2009 at 01:46:04 am

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