The Central Railway has decided to utilise the unused land on the eastern part of Nagpur railway station and develop a new Home Platform on the lines of Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi to decongest the main entrance.
It will be developed at the Santra market side and to make it more attractive and distinct,the authorities will adorn the platform area with heritage lampposts,lanterns,old style steel benches and old clocks,used during pre-Independence era by Great Indian Peninsula Railways.
Presently,there are seven platforms but the main entrance platform (No 1) is extremely crowded in the evening hours due to less width and circulating areas. Official sources said the idea was to streamline people at the stretch on the western side of the station.
Also,it will pave way for trains originating and terminating at Nagpur besides providing for arrival and departure of trains run by the South East Central Railway in future on the completion of a double line between Nagpur-Kalamna and the third line between Nagpur and Wardha.
Trains carrying passengers from Amravati,Mumbai,Pune,Bhusawal,Kolhapur,Kazipeth,Bilaspur,Tatanagar,Jabalpur and Hazrat Nizamuddin will arrive and also depart from the new platform.
Divisional Railway Manager,Nagpur division,Brijesh Dixit said a high-level platform of 610 m length (24 coaches) and 10.5 m width will come up by March 31.