NAGPUR: Boarding a train from Nagpur railway station is expected to get a whole lot easier with Central Railway readying home platform towards Santra Market side.
“Need for a home platform at the eastern side of the station was being felt for a long time due to heavy congestion at the western side. Initially, trains starting from and terminating at Nagpur will be operated from this new platform. It will be commissioned in January 2014,” said Brijesh Dixit, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Nagpur/Central Railway.
The new home platform will have a majestic facade of contemporary design depicting a large orange to go with city’s reputation as ‘Orange City’. It will have well lit circulating area with an attractive canopy, escalator, drop-n-go facility, auto stand, car and two-wheeler parking etc.
“While the western side of the station has heritage value, the eastern face will b sport a modern and contemporary look. Proposed world class station is also being planned this side. The proposed Nagpur metro will also pass from this side and will have connectivity with it,” said Dixit.
Officials claim the new development will prove so inviting that east side will become entrance of choice for passengers. Some of the works like full platform roof cover, washable concrete apron under the track will be done in next phase, Dixit added.
The new platform will be numbered 8. It will have innovatively designed roof cover, which will be totally leakproof and will give a pleasant feeling of space and defused lighting. Attractively designed water stands are being provided with water coolers and water filters for dispensing drinking water. Overall ambience will be enhanced by green patches and clear surroundings. This platform will be a virtual gallery of railway heritage articles, with the old period clocks, lamps, bells, benches and such other pieces, preserved and displayed.
The real attraction for users of the platform will be ‘car-to-coach’ facility. It is at present available at select railway stations in metros. “Passengers using this platform will have the option of going up to the platform directly from their car and two-wheelers,” said P D Patil, public relations officer (PRO).