The Delhi division of northern railway has high expectations from the 2012 Rail Budget, to be presented in Parliament on March 14. However, the ministry is yet to come true to the promises it made in last year’s budget.
Its Delhi division runs into four states — Punjab, Haryana Delhi and Uttar Pradesh — and is bigger than many of the zonal railways. It handles a rail route of approximately 1400 km and has two of the busiest stations of the country: New Delhi and Old Delhi stations.
The division handles a rush of over 30 lakh passengers every day. “Just to maintain New Delhi station, we need Rs. 20 crore. But we get this amount to maintain all of our 213 stations,” said a senior railway officer.
To modernise its six major stations, viz New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar, Delhi Cant and Sarai Rohilla, the division has made a presentation to the Railway minister and the Railway board last year. "We have asked for Rs. 300 crores for the project,” the officer added.
The money will be utilised in building premium parking areas, developing platforms, constructing more water booths and foot overbridges. More platforms will be constructed at the Anand Vihar station. The Delhi division also plans to add more waiting and rest rooms at major Delhi stations.
“A major chunk will also go into cleaning and maintenance of stations,” the officer added. However, the division hasn't asked for any new train this year. “We don't have the capacity to run additional trains. The tracks and stations are already congested,” the officer said.