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Posted at: Feb 11, 2019, 9:02 AM; last updated: Feb 11, 2019, 9:02 AM (IST)

City railway station to get lifts

City railway station to get lifts
Officials say the entire project will most likely be completed in a month. Photo: Vijay Kumar

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10

The work to install two elevators (lifts) has been started at the city railway station. Passengers, especially physically handicapped and elderly, would benefit from the move.

Railways officials said approximately 60 per cent of the installation work had been completed and the entire project would most likely be completed in a month.

Notably, there are no ramps to reach the seven platforms at the railway station. As a result, passengers/visitors have to take the stairs. Physically disabled, elderly and women carrying children have to face a lot of inconvenience.

Hundreds of passengers visiting the railway station continue to face difficulty as they first have to walk across a 110-metre-long platform and then use the stairs carrying their luggage to arrive at their designated platforms.

A railway official said there was a proposal to install an escalator and a lift each at both sides of the foot over-bridge for the convenience of passengers but work for the escalators could not be started for now due to some technical issues.

Jaspreet Singh, a traveler, said “It is really difficult to climb the stairs after walking across the 110-metre platform. I somehow managed to climb the stairs, but what about physically disabled and elderly. After the installation of lifts, it will be easy for passengers to reach their designated platforms. Whenever a train arrives and passengers get down, there is complete chaos on the stairs. Keeping in view the increased passenger flow at one of the busiest railway junctions in the region, the decision to install lifts is certainly appreciable.”

Inconvenienced

  • There are no ramps to reach the seven platforms at the railway station  
  • Passengers face difficulty as they have to first walk across a 110-metre-long platform and then use the stairs carrying their luggage to arrive at their designated platform                      
  • A railway official said there was a proposal to install an escalator and a lift each at both sides of the foot over-bridge for the convenience of passengers but work for the escalators could not be started for now due to some technical issues 

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