Four lifts will be installed at the Chandigarh railway station in the next six months besides setting up an escalator on the platform facing Panchkula. Moreover, the double-laning project between Dappar and Ghaggar will be completed by June 2016.
These are some of the plans for the year ahead as shared by the Ambala division railway manager (DRM) Dinesh Kumar during his visit to the city railway station on Saturday.
Accompanied by senior divisional commercial manager (DCM) Praveen Gaur Dwivedi and senior section managers, Kumar inspected the railway station, where he especially checked the coach maintenance department and the ongoing work at the station and safety-related issues.
“During inspection, no major problem was detected. It’s just that we have few constraints. We need to increase the length of the brake wires and have to secure the coaches as well. Recently, a team of French National Railways had visited the Chandigarh station to review the loopholes, if any. But there was no serious issue,” said Dinesh Kumar.
Sharing other plans, Kumar added that to avoid any untoward incident or to reduce the number of accidents, a total of 96 unmanned level crossings under the jurisdiction of the Ambala division will be removed.
Kumar said this will be a big safety initiative and the elimination will be done by constructing limited height subways at 41 unmanned level crossings while 12 of them will be manned considering the safety issues.
“Meanwhile, there are plans to even merge some of these crossings which are at a distance of 200-300 metres. Unmanned level crossings have been one of the reasons for increase in train accidents.”
Also, taking note of the complaints from passengers, Dinesh Kumar said that the Ambala division will provide facilities of ambulances at the stations considering the fact the passengers at times have to face many problems in case of emergency and at times when dead bodies are found at the platforms, the authorities have to struggle a lot to carry these to the cremation ground.
Kumar said that the Ambala division is in a process of recruiting constables in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) which will help strengthen the security at the stations. He also said that from now on, there will be strict checking of all those people coming to the station to drop the passengers, without buying a platform ticket.
While, Kumar said that the work on the lines between Chandigarh-Baddi and Jagadhri-Chandigarh which were sanctioned in the budget this year will begin soon.