Patna (PNBE): The railways is hopeful of commissioning newly built Patliputra station soon as talks are on between the railways and the state government to end the stalemate.
The railways has not been able to make this station operational due to an agitation launched by the residents of Jalalpur, demanding a road along the track passing through their locality.
Talking to newsmen at Patna Junction recently, East Central Railway GM Madhuresh Kumar said the railways was frantically looking for a way out to make the newly built station operational at the earliest.
Commissioner of Railway Safety (Eastern Region) R P Yadav has already given clearance for the commissioning of the station. The railways fixed the date for its commissioning thrice during the past two years. Unfortunately, it was forced to postpone the date for its inauguration for one reason or the other. The railways has incurred about Rs 1.6 crore on completing this project which is a part of the Digha-Sonepur rail bridge, sources said.
According to an ECR official, the Danapur rail division has worked out details to run at least two to three pairs of passenger trains from Patliputra station, to start with, and the required infrastructure has been provided at the station. The commissioning of this station would ease pressure on Patna Junction, he said and added a trial run of a goods train was also successful on the newly laid track.
The railways is also giving a thought to develop Patliputra station as a terminal station for trains coming from north Bihar. These trains would terminate at Patliputra for maintenance work too. Besides, the railways intends to build washing pit lines at Patliputra station to maintain passenger train coaches in future, the sources said.