K.N. Murali Sankar
Renovation works, both exterior and interior, are in full swing
The revenue-earning station gets a major chunk of funds for amenities
Commuters set to witness many changes: DRM
VIJAYAWADA: A state-of-the-art arch welcomes you to the railway station, from where lush green ambience relaxes you till you step into the renovated complex by walking on a newly laid approach road.
The strong odour of paint makes you take note of the fact that the buildings of the railway station have begun to sport a new look with elegant colours.
Thanks to the continuous efforts of the officials, the railway station is beginning to wear a completely new look.
Ever since passenger comfort has become the buzzword of the policy-makers in the Indian Railways during the last four years, the renovation works are being taken up one after the other at this major railway junction in the country, from where over 170 trains pass through every day.
No dearth of funds
Since there is no dearth of funds for improving passenger amenities at revenue-earning stations, the Vijayawada station, which netted a revenue of over Rs. 100 crores during the last financial year, has naturally got a major chunk of funds earmarked for improvement of amenities.
After widening most of the platforms, refurbishing the seating arrangements and modernising the retiring rooms with brand new furniture, the officials have now shifted their focus on the exteriors.
Approach roads from the main entrance and from Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram have been re-carpeted and a huge welcome arch has been erected outside the station. Another arch on the road from Kalakshetram is in the offing.
Platform number seven, the largest one in the station, is under renovation.
Besides laying marble flooring and replacing the old seating arrangement, the height of the platform is also being raised and a washable apron will be arranged.
Once the works are completed, platform number 10 will be renovated in a similar fashion.
When it comes to value of works, the officials have spent Rs. 2.7 crores in the last three years. Works estimated at Rs. 13.3 crores are going on and a sum of Rs. 8.6 crores has been sanctioned for the next financial year. “Our objective is to offer the best possible services to commuters.
We’ve chalked out several plans and implement them in a phased manner.
For sure, commuters will see many more changes in the near future,” Divisional Railway Manager S.K. Sharma says.