LUCKNOW: Within a week after BJP government was sworn-in in the state, focus is back on Gomtingar railway terminal. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) made a presentation to NER officers on Wednesday for beautification and infrastructure development work to be done under the second phase of development.
NER general manager would suggest changes, if needed before the presentation is sent to railway board for approval. Work at the site will begin right after the approval. Additional platforms and second entry will be constructed under the second phase of development.
Being the dream project of former PM and Lucknow MP Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the terminal has been pushed by the BJP government at the Centre but has faced delay and cost escalation. Delay in transfer of land to railways is the major reason. Terminal needs 40.4 acre of land and while 38.1 acre has been acquired in Vibhuti Khand, 2.2 acre lies in Viraj Khand of Gomtinagar.
Lucknow Development Authority had in 2003-04 demanded Rs 18.8 crore from railways. In 2004-05, railways deposited Rs 17 crore but, according to sources, while most of the land was physically given to railways, it took time to register it under their name.
A double-storey building with a waiting hall on the first floor, a subway for exit, foot-over-bridges to connect platforms and several technical amenities will make Gomtinagar terminal world-class. Passengers who have a train to board will only be allowed on the first floor.
Work done under the first phase was dedicated to people by rail minister Suresh Prabhu on December 2, who also laid the foundation stone for the second phase. The station has been upgraded from a halt to a three-line crossing station under the first phase. It has two loop lines, an improved station building, one foot-over-bridge and two platforms.
Under the second phase, the station will get a home platform with a 600-metre-long washable apron, a station building of 6,000 square metre and two foot-over-bridges to connect two additional platforms.