JAMMU: To de-congest arrival and departure of trains and rush of passengers at Jammu Tawi Railway Station, Northern Railways General Manager Vishbesh Chaubey on Sunday said that nine new platforms, entry gate and washing lines are soon be constructed soon.
Reviewing facilities at the station here this afternoon, after visiting Katra, the General Manager, who was on his maiden visit here, said, “New platforms will be constructed at Jammu Tawi Railway Station to de-congest rush of visitors.”
“The work will start soon on construction of platforms and it will begin on PPP mode,” said the GM and added, “Nine new platforms and new entry gate will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 180 crore”.
He, however, advocated for updating of time table of arrival and departure of trains.
Chaubey also said that washing lines will be increased at the station to avoid rush of trains at the yard.
“New washing yard will also be set up at Railway Station, Bari Brahmana, as rails during foggy weather conditions arrive late and go to washing yard for cleaning following which departure is delayed,” said the officer.
Presently, there are three washing lines and five more will be raised so that delay in departure of trains due to trains standing at the washing yard can be prevented, he added.
He also hinted at shifting of Indian Oil Depot from outside the station, asserting that talks with the State government authorities are in the pipeline.
He further said, “After taking over, I couldn’t visit the Katra-Banihal site so far but we are ensuring that the work on this rail project is expedited.” He termed it as challenging task.
Meanwhile, Railway Employees Union also meet him and submitted a memorandum, seeking better facilities at the station, hygienic conditions in staff colony etc.
Ferozpur Division DRM Vivek Kumar, ADRM A K Rana, DTM Vinod Kumar and Station Manager Ashwani Kumar were also present.