Railways upgrading several railway stations across the country
29 January 2020
Indian Railways has taken up upgradation work of Salem Junction in Tamil Nadu in a phased manner while undertaking various development works to uplift passenger facilities at Dimapur railway station in Nagaland, giving these stations new façade and contemporary look.
Modernisation and upgradation works are in progress at several railway stations across the country, according to a railway ministry release.
Approximately Rs5 crore has been spent for improvement of station façade at Salem Junction. This new façade has given a contemporary look to the station building. The landscaping area has been increased and the height of the compound walls has been reduced to prevent pasting of posters on them. The first phase of development has helped improve traffic flow outside the station – with separate lanes for buses, commercial vehicles such as taxis and auto, and for private vehicles.
New area has been provided for App-based car services near the existing vehicle parking stand.
Custom made façade lighting arrangements have been made to illuminate the station building as per the occasion. During the days of national importance such as Independence Day and Republic Day, the building is lit up in tricolours of the National flag.
As a new initiative, green patches and vertical garden has been provided in the circulating area to give a pleasant look. Staircases have been provided with beautiful sceneries. In addition to this, LED backlit Passenger Amenity board and to assist visually challenged persons, Braille boards have been fixed all over the station. BMI kiosks, massage chairs and pulse kiosks have also been installed in the station.
At present all important train services towards Erode are dealt from Platform No1, for both directions from Platform No 3 & 4, and some train services are dealt at Platform No 5. For the benefit of passengers, following improvements on Platform No 5 have been taken up.
Other facilities include:-
· Modified platform shelter of new design planned to provide cover over complete platform;
· Toilet blocks at both ends of the platform;
· Additional catering stall; and
· Lift and escalator connecting other platforms.
While all the platforms will be modified under the project, the second entry to the railway station is also being improved. A monumental flag will be installed in front of the station building by 15th February 2020. Airport style lighting will also be done. The upgradation work is likely to be completed by June 2020, the release added.
The upgradation work being carried out at Dimapur station under Lumding Division of Northeast Frontier Railway, include soft development works to improve passenger facilities at a cost of about Rs2.00 crore. Dimapur is the only railway station in Nagaland state falling in the Lumding – Dibrugarh section. Being the second largest station of Lumding Division in terms of passenger earnings after Guwahati, passenger friendly facilities and services in the station are of great importance.