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Patna junction to have four escalators soon

Avinash Kumar, Hindustan Times  Patna , September 07, 2013
First Published: 21:31 IST(7/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:34 IST(7/9/2013)

For passengers travelling via Patna Junction, commuting from platform number one to 10 would be more easy and safe hereon. Four escalators would be installed at the station premises in the next couple of months.

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Work on the project to be cost around Rs. 2.50 crore has already started with materials of the moving staircases already been supplied to authorities in Danapur railway division.

" We have started receiving the materials of the escalators and work to install them would start soon”" said a senior officer of the division, engaged in the work.

On Friday, divisional railway manager, Danapur, P K Gupta made an inspection of the sites where the four moving staircases would be set up for convenience of the passengers.

Each escalator costs around Rs. 50 lakh, sources said.

With the installation of escalators, Patna junction would be among the select stations across the country to have this facility. At present Vile Parle station in Mumbai and New Delhi, have the escalators while work is going on to install the same at Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Tatanagar and other select stations.

Going by reports, one escalator would be installed on platform number 1 on the western flank near the reservation office connecting the foot overbridge.

Two escalators would be installed on platform number 10 on the rear end. Another moving staircase would be installed near platform number 5 as per the proposal to connect the foot overbridges.

On an average, the station receives 1.25 lakh footfalls with around 260 pairs of trains passing through this junction, making it one of the busiest terminals in the country.

Officials do admit, that the installation of the escalators would come as a big relief to passengers to commute from one platform to other, especially women and old passengers.


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