“We are adding six sets (both for going up and coming down) of escalators to the existing three at the New Delhi station. We will put in place three escalators at Old Delhi and two at Hazrat Nizamuddin station this year itself,” Sachan said.
The daily footfall at the New Delhi and other stations in the capital is estimated to be around 15 lakh. There are about 2.7 lakh physically challenged people in the city.
The government directive to the railways comes after the Hindustan Times in December last year published a three-part series on the problems, including lack of facilities for differently-abled passengers, that plagued Delhi’s stations.
“Separate counters have also been earmarked for selling tickets to the physically-challenged people so that they can avoid long queues. Ramps and pathways have been provided at major terminals of Delhi,” he said.