टाटानगर Tatanagar (TATA): The second entrance to Tatanagar railway station from Burmamines end, that is likely to make boarding trains easier for those coming from the eastern parts of the steel city, is likely to be opened to public within this year.
General manager of South Eastern Railway (SER) Radhey Shyam, who visited the station on Wednesday, said efforts were being taken to ensure that the entrance was ready as early as possible.
“The second entrance to Tatanagar railway station from the Burmamines end is an important railway project. It is aimed at reducing congestion at the main entrance. The entrance will be opened later this year,” he said after his brief tour.
The second entrance will help passengers coming from Sakchi, Golmuri, Baridih and Telco areas of the steel city. At present, they have to cross the new over-bridge to reach the railway station via Station Road, not an easy trek considering the traffic snarls they have to encounter because of encroachments by vendors.
Funds to the tune of Rs 1.75 crore have already been spent for developing the second entrance, work for which began in 2010. Ticket counters, a waiting room, toilets, parking and other facilities are almost ready. Officials at Chakradharpur railway division have also taken steps to resolve bottlenecks due to encroachments.
The SER general manager, who was accompanied by senior railway officials including divisional railway manager of Chakradharpur Rajiv Agrawal and senior divisional commercial manager Ashok Agarwal, also inaugurated a renovated computerised passenger reservation centre outside the station.
Earlier a single-storey building, the reservation centre is now in two floors. Tickets for long-distance trains are available on the first floor, while the ground floor has been earmarked for unreserved tickets for passenger trains.
Talking to newsmen later, Radhey Shyam said that apart from Tatanagar, railways had plans to improve passenger amenities in other important stations under the Chakradharpur and other divisions of South Eastern Railway.
Special emphasis, he said, would be given to cleanliness of the station premises and quality of food served in trains.