Railway minister Suresh Prabhu expressed his unhappiness at the slow pace of work on improving infrastructure and passenger amenities at the Amritsar Railway station and directed officials concerned to speed-up work to make available best possible facilities at the junction.
He issued these instructions as he inspected the station on Sunday night, just before boarding the Amritsar-Dehradun Mail from the station.
The minister held discussions on the conceptual plan for the development of this station with local railway officials and with those from the Ferozepur division of the Northern Railways.
"Amritsar is a very important railway station considering the number of tourists/pilgrims that come here to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple each day and more half do so by train. It is important that we provide best facilities here," he said.
He added that Amritsar was among 24 stations of the country, being developed as 'model stations'.
Officials explained that Rs 13.63 crore conceptual plan for the development of the Amritsar station was in the works.
Besides carrying out renovation work on the main railway station building, the plan involves improving passenger amenities and landscaping. To cope with the heavy rush of passengers arriving here, a second exit has been proposed in the conceptual plan. Presently there is one entry point and one exit gate.
As the station lacks proper parking, a new car parking on 1,507 square metre will come up. There will be a separate parking facility covering 1,124 square metre for heavy vehicles. A separate taxi parking facility is coming up that will accommodate 43 vehicles. The two-wheeler parking facility at the entrance point to the station is being given a face-lift.
For passengers, Prabhu said retiring rooms and waiting rooms were being given a face lift on platform-I. These rooms will have new furniture and each waiting or retiring room will have a television set and will be equipped with an announcement system.
A new cloak room with individual lock facilities could be constructed and modern washrooms will be made. A passenger guidance system involving sign names or sign boards and coach indicator boards are also being installed.
Officials also told the minister that the 'circulation area' between the station building and the exit/entry points will be landscaped. The booking and inquiry facilities or offices are also in for a overhaul.
Officials pointed out that the food plaza at the station had started functioning. The minister discussed the possibility of constructing two more platforms as the existing five were not enough, considering the number of trains arriving and leaving Amritsar.
Besides carrying out renovation work on the main railway station building, the plan involves improving passenger amenities and landscaping.
To cope with the rush of passengers, a second exit has been proposed.
A new car parking on 1,507 square metre will come up.
There will be a separate parking facility covering 1,124 square metre for heavy vehicles.
Plan for passenger
Retiring rooms and waiting rooms to have new furniture and to have television set and announcement system
A new cloak room with individual lock facilities could be constructed and modern washrooms will be made
The booking and inquiry facilities or offices are also in for an overhaul.
There is a possibility that two more platforms could be constructed