With a significant rise in the footfall at the Gurgaon railway station on the Old Railway Road, around six kilometers from Rajiv Chowk, the railways ministry is taking significant steps to improve the infrastructure of the station. These steps will come as a major relief for commuters boarding long-distance passenger trains at the station.
Built as a part of the Rajputana-Malwa State Railway in the 19th century, the station was never given enough importance by the authorities. Not many residents living in new Gurgaon were aware of the station and boarded the same trains from stations in Delhi. However, now as many long distance trains halt here, passengers skip going all the way to Delhi and board trains at the Gurgaon station itself.
“Though it is near our house, we always preferred boarding the train from the New Delhi railway station as the Gurgaon railway station had less amenities. But now things are changing as steps are being taken to revamp the station. This will be very helpful for the entire city as less time will be spent on commuting” says Neha Raj, who travels to Jaipur from Gurgaon every fortnight.
After Suresh Prabhu, railway minister visited the station earlier this year new plans have been developed to improve the infrastructure. Even Gurgaon MP and Union minister, Rao Inderjit Singh announced Rs.60 lakh from his MPLAD funds for infrastructural development here.
According to an official at the station, under the recently developed plan, new buildings with four floors will be built replacing the old tampered structures. From altering the size of platforms to installation of new environment friendly green toilets and building new foot over bridges, etc, several steps are being taken to modernise the station.
“The new infrastructural plan will make the station an ‘A’ class one. We sometimes alter the halt time of major trains like Ahmedabad Swarna Jayanthi Rajdhani Express , Mumbai Chandigarh Superfast Express and New Delhi Ajmer Shatabdi Express from 2 minutes to as long as 5 minutes so that the passengers can easily board the train,” said a railway official requesting anonymity.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has also started work to lift the ground level outside the station so in the rainy season, water doesn’t get accumulated. The railway authority has also started construction of new structures and renovation of the station.