Short of funds, railway authorities request local NGOs to pitch in

  • Harvinder Kaur, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2015 15:56 IST
Passengers are forced to sit on the floor or stand in the absence of enough benches on the platform at the Jalandhar railway station on Monday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT)

Citing financial crises, the railway authorities are requesting non-governmental organisations to come forward to help them in maintaining the city railway station.

Ferozepur divisional railway manager Anuj Prakash said the department is facing fund crunch due to which it has not been able to initiate any development plans announced in the recent past.

Even as the mercury is dropping day by day and fog is leading to delay in trains, the Jalandhar railway station has no proper arrangements for the passengers waiting for their train in such cold weather. While some people can be seen sitting on the platforms, others just keep standing uncomfortable waiting for their train to arrive.

Although officials of the city railway station claim that they have recently installed more benches on the platform number 1, the seating capacity is not sufficient. In all, there are 14 benches on this platform and nine on the second platform.

“I understand that there are many things that need to be done to provide basic amenities at the station, but we lack financial resources. We request NGOs in the city to come forward and help us in maintaining the railway station in terms of cleanliness and provision of more benches,” said Anuj Prakash.

CCTV cameras don’t work, Escalator project a non-starter

No strict measures are being taken by the railway officials to ensure security at the station. Sources said none of the four closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the entrance are operational.

In September this year, the divisional railway manager had announced that the station will get an escalator. The Ferozepur division officials, however, hinted at the project being a non-starter. The officials are now going to float another tender since no bidders came forward the first time.

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