Lucknow’s Gomtinagar station to have three lines by December

LUCKNOW: The development of Gomtinagar railway station as a three-line crossing station would be completed by December. On Sunday, senior officials of the North Eastern Railway (NER) visited the place to inspect ongoing work at the station.

General manager of NER, KK Atal, along with other senior railway officials, inspected the station premises, platforms, booking offices and reservation centres at Gomtinagar station.

The work to develop Gomtinagar as a three-line crossing station started in January at an estimated cost of Rs 8.67 crore. The station would get two additional platform lines, passenger shelters and foot overbridges, water supply arrangements and electrification of lines.

After the first phase gets over, some trains would start originating from Gomtinagar. The second phase would comprise development of the station. Railways have pegged the cost for second phase at Rs 48.58 crore.

An additional platform, four additional rail lines, new station building-which would be a second entry to Gomtinagar station-coaching complex and terminal facilities with washing pit would be constructed at Gomtinagar station under the second phase.

The proposal to develop Gomtinagar as a three-line crossing station was approved by the railway board in July last year. Railways also released the fund for development of the station.

The development of Gomtinagar station has, in the past, been hit by fund crunch. The station was constructed at a cost of around Rs 42 crore, but, railways’ apathy made it function more like a halt than a cross-over station.

The place had two fully constructed platforms, a building providing computerised reservation, an under-constructed additional track, railway quarters and a well constructed approach road till the first phase started.

Now the railways are mulling to develop it as terminal station. In September, in a meeting with the group of members of Parliament from the state, railways discussed the need to develop Gomtinagar station further as terminal to ease the pressure off Charbagh.

“That will take time but things are set to improve after the first phase,” said NER public relations officer Alok Srivastava.

Gomtinagar functioned as a halt till 2003, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee suggested that it be developed into a terminal station.

Things changed overnight for the place. According to the plan then, it was to be developed into a station with seven platforms.

It would have been at par with other major stations, had it come up the way it was conceived at that point in time. Later, funds meant for its development were diverted to other stations in Lucknow. The division wanted to develop it as a double-line crossing station between Aishbagh and Lucknow junction.