Major railway stations in Punjab without escalators
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The Ferozepur railway division of Northern Railways has failed to make its railway stations conducive for the physically challenged and elderly. Only Amritsar railway station of the division has two escalators, only one of which is working. The work at other railway stations is still in the pipeline. The division caters to 235 stations falling in Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and parts of Himachal Pradesh.
On a daily basis, senior citizens and physically challenged face the hassle of lugging heavy luggages with no facility in place. Residents have long been making the demand for escalators at the Jalandhar city railway station.In 2016, the divisional railway manager (DRM) Anuj Prakash had assured that the city railway station is on the priority of the division but the project is yet to see the light of day.
Sources said,“The division has not been able to move forward with the escalators as the construction wing is yet to solve the design problem.” “The status of the work is same, as it was last year,” a senior railway official from the division informed. “Work of two escalators in Ludhiana railway station is currently under implementation,” the official saud. Last year, the Ferozepur railway division had planned to put up as many as 18 escalators on major railway stations.
Railways had planned to install two escalators at Jalandhar city railway station, two at Jalandhar Cantonment, four in Ludhiana, three in Amritsar, two in Pathankot Cantonment and five in Jammu. Divisional railway manager (DRM) Vivek Kumar could not be reached for the comments.