Though demolition work on old foot overbridge (FOB) on the Ludhiana railway station has started, chances of building an escalator on platform still seems negligent as NC Goyal, divisional railway manager (DRM), Ferozepur Division, claim that no amount has been sanctioned for the same.
Goyal said this while inspecteing the Ludhiana railway station on Wednesday.
There was a proposal of installation of escalators on platform no 1, which is the busiest platform on the railway station. The newly constructed FOB has been given no passage on platform no 1, as there was a proposal to connect it through escalators. Now from platform no 2, the passengers have to go towards the station’s entrance in order to enter platform no 1.
Besides, there is no ramp for senior citizens or handicapped people to travel from one platform to another. Thus, the escalator would have proved to be beneficial for these passengers.
Though escalators have been installed in the Amritsar railway station, the one in Ludhiana is still in queue. Goyal said: “It is difficult to say anything as of now, as we can only proceed after getting the project sanctioned from the headquarters.”
He said the demolition of old bridge would help in creating more space on the platforms. DRM also inspected the Lakkar Bridge work. Goyal said: “Only a part of the Y shaped Lakkar Bridge is left and hopefully it will be completed in September in which case city residents will be able to use Lakkar Bridge by October.”
Lakkar Bridge will help to deal with traffic problem in the city as this bridge connects the old court to Clock tower road. A massive ticket-checking drive was also conducted on the station based on the DRM’s orders. Nearly 41 travelling ticket examiners from Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot and nearby stations participated in the drive and 319 persons were caught without tickets. A sum of `1,20,910 were collected from these persons in the form of fare and penalty for travelling without tickets.