Second gateway to Egmore station

PASSENGER FACILITY: The new entry to the railway station from the Poonamallee High Road side, is all set to open to the public on Friday. PHOTO: M. VEDHAN  

S. Vydhianathan

Passenger entry from Poonamallee High Road side set to open today

Existing entrance unable to handle passenger, vehicular traffic More parking spaces to be provided Escalators provided on three platforms

CHENNAI: A second entrance to Chennai Egmore railway station from the Poonamallee High Road will become operational from Friday.

The second entrance to the station has become necessary in view of the increasing passenger traffic. With the introduction of more new trains every year from Egmore, the existing entrance on Gandhi Irwin Road is insufficient. During peak hours, especially at the time of arrival and departure of main line express trains, police have a tough time regulating passenger and vehicular traffic. The existing parking space is also inadequate.

With no scope for widening the present entrance, Southern Railways decided to open a second entry from the Poonamallee High Road side behind the Southern Railway Construction office. The new entrance will benefit passengers from Central Chennai areas such as Anna Nagar, Kilpauk, Vepery ICF and Ayanavaram.

According to G. Narayanan, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai, the new entrance was constructed at a cost of Rs. 5.5 crore and would resemble the main entrance. It would have foot over bridges with ramps, a dormitory, reservation facilities, a current ticket booking counter, lift facilities for the handicapped, a circulating area of about 12,000 sq.m. for bus bays, and parking for four and two-wheelers. The State Highways has planned a pedestrian subway across Poonamallee High Road. Escalators have been provided at three platforms in Egmore at a cost of Rs. 3.6 crore. Each escalator can carry 9,000 passengers an hour.

The length of the platforms is being increased to accommodate more coaches. After completing platform extension work, it will be possible to start trains bound for Howrah and Delhi from Chennai Egmore, which in turn will reduce the congestion at Chennai Central.