In the absence of an overbridge at the Gurdaspur railway station, passengers have been facing a great difficulty for the past two years.
Passengers, particularly the elderly, women and children, had a tough time while crossing the railway lines to board or a train or to the other side of the platform after getting down of a train.
But now, a ray of hope has come for the public as the railway authorities have announced that the station will finally have an over-bridge by the first week of February.
With the passage of time, the number of rail passengers and quantity of goods being transported by the railways have increased manifold.
Gurdaspur railway station master Harpal Singh Randhawa said with the available infrastructure, only one train is generally received at the platform at one time. "Due to operational problems sometimes, we have accommodate two trains coming from the opposite direction", he added.
"In this situation, commuters, especially old people, children and pregnant women, face problem while crossing the rail lines to board the train and to reach the platform after getting down," he said.
Railway norms say that crossing a rail line is an offence. If a person is run over while crossing a rail line to board a train, his kin will not get any compensation and rather the offender is held guilty.
Senior sectional engineer, Batala, Ranjit Singh said the new overbridge was being constructed at a cost of Rs 83 lakh.
Vir Singh, a commuter, said, "The overbridge is the need of the hour. The railway authorities are doing a good job by constructing one at the Gurdaspur railway station."
Shivpartap Singh, a lawyer, said, "The railways have finally woken up to raise an overbridge at the Gurdaspur railway station."