Railways will develop three terminal stations in Amritsar
The railways finally woke up to the inconvenience caused to passengers by undue delay of trains due to non-availability of a vacant platform at Amritsar railway station, as it has decided to develop three existing stations — Chheharta, Verka and Bhagtanwala — as ‘satellite terminal stations’.punjab Updated: Mar 02, 2015 09:11 IST
The railways finally woke up to the inconvenience caused to passengers by undue delay of trains due to non-availability of a vacant platform at Amritsar railway station, as it has decided to develop three existing stations — Chheharta, Verka and Bhagtanwala — as ‘satellite terminal stations’.
Due to the heavy flow of rail traffic in Amritsar, most of the trains, especially coming from Jalandhar, are unnecessarily delayed, as these remain stranded at Manawala due to non-availability of a platform at the Amritsar station. However, all three stations, which are in the vicinity of Amritsar, will help ease rail traffic at the Amritsar station by providing additional platforms.
The work at Chheharta on the Amritsar-Attari section has already commenced, while the works at Bhagtanwala on the Amritsar-Tarn Taran section and at Verka on the Amritsar-Pathankot section will be commencing soon.
Recently a consumer court fined the railways of `50,000 after a passenger took it to the court over undue delay caused to a train in which he was travelling with his family. The train remained stranded at Mananwala for over one and a half hours in the night as all the five platforms at the Amritsar station were occupied.
Northern railways additional general manager (AGM) SK Pathak on Saturday visited here to review the arrangements at the Amritsar railway station, where local railway officials apprised him of the problems being faced due to the closure of platform number 5. The platform has been shut as a new track is being laid along it, besides some construction works are also taking place.
Acknowledging the problem of lack of platforms, Pathak said, “More platforms are needed in Amritsar, as the rail traffic has increased over the past 5-6 years. That is why we have decided to develop three terminal stations close to the Amritsar station”.
In an informal chat with his officials and with the media, Pathak felt that at least 10 platforms were needed here to handle the train traffic. However, he preferred to remain silent when pointed out that construction of a sixth platform had commenced a year back, but was halted.
In fact, three years back, the railway authorities had given the green signal to construct two more platforms, taking the number to seven. However, it seems the railways diverted the funds to some other developmental activities like construction of a new ticketing hall and installation of escalators.