Karbigahiaya end to be ready by December
PATNA: Work on the Karbighaiya end of Patna Junction is going on in full swing to develop it as the second exit point for the passengers. This project will be completed by December end this year. The railways, which recently removed all encroachments at Karbighaiya end, is developing the entire area on the pattern of New Delhi’s Ajmeri Gate.
According to divisional railway manager (DRM), Danapur, L M Jha, the Karbighaiya end has become a centre place for movements of passengers. A large number of people living in and around southern parts of Patna have been boarding trains from this end. Besides, people prefer to buy general tickets from Unreserved Ticket System ( UTS) counters at Karbighaiya end, he said, adding the Super Speciality Hospital of the railways is also located at this end.
The proposed information technology (IT) centre of the ECR and Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) office have already been set up at this end. The railways has demarcated two rows each for parking four wheelers, two wheelers and autorickshaws on the sprawling circulating area at Karbighaiya end, the DRM said.
The DRM said that the railways would develop Karbighaiya side by the end of December this year. The platform no. 10 of Patna Junction would also be commissioned by that time. In view of the huge rush of passengers at Patna Junction’s main entrance point, the railways has decided to develop Karbighaiya end to cater to the needs of passengers. The railways would make entrance point wider at this end so that passengers either coming in or exiting do not feel inconvenience, Jha said.
The DRM said that the railways would regulate traffic movement at the main entrance point of Patna Junction and Karbighaiya end during peak hours every day. About one lakh people have been visiting Patna Junction from both ends every day either to board trains or alight from long-distance trains or come to station to see off their relatives. Patna Junction is in need of a second exit point to decongest rush of passengers during peak hours, he said.
According to Jha, he has been personally camping at Patna Junction on a regular basis to supervise the ongoing work at Karbighaiya end. Cleanliness has been the first priority of the railways now at Patna Junction. “Efforts are on to make available all kinds of facilities to passengers at this end. The RPF personnel have been directed to keep a tab on miscreants at Karbighaiya end during night. The railways would provide proper lights in the circulating area at this end,” he said.