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Gurdaspur railway station in dire need of footbridge

Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times  Gurdaspur, December 10, 2013
First Published: 18:43 IST(10/12/2013) | Last Updated: 18:49 IST(10/12/2013)

Gurdaspur railway station is in dire need of a footbridge for the convenience of passengers who put their lives at risk while crossing railway track to move from one platform to the other.

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In the absence of a bridge, especially the elderly, women and children face difficulty in boarding trains and vice versa.

However, considering the limited infrastructure at the railway station, the station receives only one train at a time generally; however, two trains are also received at the station in case of some operational problems.

Under the Right to Information Act (RTI), GS Dhillon, chief judicial magistrate-cum-secretary of the Gurdaspur District Legal Services Authority, sought to know about facilities at the Gurdaspur station from the Ferozepur division office of the northern railway last year. According to the RTI reply, the only railway station at Gurdaspur has no foot bridge even though it receives two trains at a time.

At the same time, the railway authorities said the railway administration was aware about the inconvenience faced by the passengers in the absence of an over bridge at the Gurdaspur railway station. They also admitted that crossing the railway track was an offence under the law of the land. It means that if a person is run over by a train while crossing over railway track to board a train, his kin would not be entitled to any compensation; rather the deceased would be held guilty.

However, the railway authorities in their reply had assured that a foot bridge (over-bridge) would be erected soon at the Gurdaspur railway station, but to no avail.

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