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Rly station to get more facilities

THE PRESENT capacity of the railway platform at Indore Railway Station is proposed to be increased from the present 18 coaches to accommodate 24 coach trains,

india Updated: May 28, 2006 14:01 IST

THE PRESENT capacity of the railway platform at Indore Railway Station is proposed to be increased from the present 18 coaches to accommodate 24 coach trains,

The Railways was in talks with the Indore Municipal Council (IMC) to acquire an illegal building on IMC land near the broad gauge side of the station for widening and increasing the length of the platform in order to make it able to accommodate 24 coach trains, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ratlam MK Jain told reporters in an informal chat at the Indore railway station today.

Earlier he inspected the Indore railway station and the vacant area falling under railway land near the platforms. Jain discussed several plans and proposals all in the conceptual stage meant to modernise and expand existing facilities at the Indore railway station.

He said that the Ratlam division was emulating the Jabalpur railway division model as far as train enquiry was concerned. Making it available via Short Message Service (SMS) on mobile phones would make the information accessible to all and more user friendly.

A unique feature of this service would be that it would offer the option for entering train name if the user did not know the train number. Further the user would be alerted for the chosen train as it reached 50 km within the radius of the local railway station.

The service would be available round the clock and the user would not be charged anything extra other than the usual SMS charge levied by the service provider.

The service would be launched in four months time. Jain said the city would get a new and faster Intercity with cheaper fares when the existing one would be replaced on July one. The present Intercity would be run from Ratlam via Ujjain on the old timings.

The new Intercity running from the city would take the route via Dewas-Maxi thus reducing passenger load and distance, while increasing its speed and time. The train would run from Indore on its usual time of 7 am.

Acting on the directives of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, the long queue at the ticket counters were being done away with by increasing the number of reservation windows. The opening of a mobile ticket counter on the meter gauge platform of the station and a booking office in Vijay nagar were steps in this direction.

He said that those who had excess money and little time to stand in queues were buying tickets in black, while they had a cheaper and more reliable option in the form of Internet ticketing and electronic cards.

The gauge conversion from Ratlam station itself is part of Railway’s 2006-07 plan, which would reduce problems faced by the passengers from Rau and Mhow. A probe has been ordered into the mishandling of PRS at Rajendra Nagar railway station, signal failure and engine getting into a dead end causing disruption of traffic and action would be taken against those found guilty.

He said that trains like Pench Valley and DMU were late because the division did not receive them on time as they arrive
late from Bhopal and elsewhere, thus leaving little in the hands of officials in Ratlam for improving punctuality.

According to the plan drawn up for the modernisation of the railway station an air-conditioned waiting hall would be constructed in the vacant space available opposite the booking office.

Space for commercial activities like cyber café, ATM, STD/PCO would also be included in the plan. Route relay interlinking of platform-I was posing a difficulty, as track circuit was less thus making parking of long trains like Mumbai Express difficult.

Increasing the length of sheds on platform II and IV would be considered, while widening of the railway over bridge was found technically unfeasible.

Structural changes would be introduced on the meter gauge side of the station where parking would be done on the drive in pattern as followed in Howrah station.

The waiting room and other office and chambers would be extended necessitating shifting of the steam engine, which would be placed near the road and more or less in the centre of the station in the pattern of Mumbai. Green spaces would be developed in as many places as available.

The expansion of the cycle stand near platform-I construction of boundary wall and other works were in progress. Jain confessed that the railways were facing difficulty in getting contractors for most of these works.

Divisional manager commerce Pradeep Banerjee, divisional engineer (headquarters) SK Bansal, Indore railway station master Satish Yadav and other officials accompanied Jain during his visit.

First Published: May 28, 2006 14:01 IST