Gurgaon Railway Station to get a facelift soon
Gurgaon: The Gurgaon railway station will soon be getting a makeover under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. The railway station was built in the 19th century and passengers have often complained about the facilities and cleanliness that it offers.
The project was given a go-ahead after the proposal was put forth by Union Minister of State for Planning and Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, during a video conferencing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, sources said.
According to the proposed plan, wi-fi facility and CCTV cameras will soon be installed in the railway station for the convenience and security of passengers. In a recent makeover, air conditioners were installed in the station’s waiting rooms and the entrance area was landscaped with mural paintings. The station also got modern rain shelters and 20 steel benches. About 40 steel dustbins are being installed in and around the station. The conference also revealed that the upgrading work would cost around Rs 60 lakh. Singh, the MP from Gurgaon, will sanction this amount from his MP Local Area Development fund.
“The state government has cleared the proposal and has asked the railways to prepare a plan for the development of the station. The station will also have six water coolers and a water storage tank. This development work will benefit around 1.5 lakh commuters who use the station daily”, said Singh. He also announced a foot-over bridge, for which drawings are already done.
As announced in the Union Railway budget, the Gurgaon railway station will soon get wi-fi facility and audio warning systems will also be installed at three railway crossings in order to check accidents.
After registering an increase of around 30% in footfall this year, the station was upgraded to Grade A from Grade B and around Rs 3.5 crore was allocated for its revamp by the Northern Railway.
Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjeet Singh, who is also the minister of state for planning, has allocated around Rs 60 lakh from his MPLAD funds.
After the recent upgradation of the railway station, surface revamping of all three platforms has been done.
Keeping in mind the increase in footfall, the length of platforms has also been increased. The station has also added more sheds and repaired and repainted the broken ones.
Air-conditioners are being installed in the station’s waiting rooms to provide relief to commuters during summers.
“I am coming to the railway station after a gap of six months and the station looks so different and much neater. There are more benches, cleaner toilets and there is no traffic congestion near the entrance,” said Priya Sharma, travelling to Ahmadabad from Gurgaon.
To further beautify the station, landscaping has been done near the entrance. The walls of the platform, which earlier sported paan stains and peeling paint, are now adorned with murals made of colourful tiles.
“Gurgaon is also known as the cyber hub. It was necessary to renovate the station and make it look more presentable. We have worked very hard for last six months to introduce and improve facilities for passengers here,” said Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division.
To resolve the issue of snarls around the station’s entry/exit gate, dedicated lanes have been provided with proper signage for both three and four-wheeler vehicles. The lanes have been able to decrease the congestion outside the station.
“These are short-term goals which have been completed. The railways plans to provide more amenities to passengers here and work will soon start to fulfil our long-term goals,” Arora said.
However, safety and security of passengers still remain an issue. The station does not have metal detectors or bag scanners at the entry points and CCTV cameras are yet to be installed.
“The Railways authorities are working to provide all amenities to passengers. Soon, the issue of security as well as other problems will be resolved and more facilities will be provided to people,” said a senior officer of Delhi Division.