Chakradharpur (CKP): Passenger comfort and aesthetics will be the guiding principles of Chakradharpur railway division that is preparing a beautification plan for Tatanagar and other railway stations under it, including Rourkela and Jharsuguda.
“The plan includes renovation and beautification of stations and its surrounding areas. We are in the process of preparing it,” said A.K. Agarwal, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr.DCM) of Chakradharpur Division.
First, passengers would not have to stand in the blazing sun while waiting for trains on platforms 4 and 5 as overhead sheds would be extended.
“As a part of the plan, steel dustbins will be placed in all five platforms of Tatanagar for collecting waste. We have already placed orders for the dustbins, which apart from being decent to look at, will be easy to handle,” he said, adding that these would be placed in the area outside the station.
Moreover, fountains would be built at the entrance of the railway station and at the parking area. “The beautification plan also includes plantation and gardening activities outside the railway station,” Agarwal added.
Counters selling unreserved tickets were recently relocated to the computerised passenger reservation ticket building opposite the Tatanagar railway station.
“This avoids congestion during arrival and departure of trains and also gives a good look to the premises,” he said.
The plan also includes providing more seating arrangements at waiting halls and on platform numbers 2, 3 and 4.
Senior railway officials of Chakradharpur, led by the senior divisional commercial manager, had inspected Tatanagar station earlier this month to prepare the renovation and beautification blueprint.
Agarwal said emphasis would be given on the cleanliness and upkeep of Tatanagar and Rourkela stations, both of which were model stations under the Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway (SER).
According to statistics, on an average 80 mail, express and passenger trains cross Tatanagar everyday with over 50,000 passengers. No wonder the stress is on improving amenities.
“The present amenities are not sufficient. Keeping this in view, the Chakradharpur division has planned for renovation and beautification activities,” said O.P. Sharma, the officiating station manager at Tatanagar.