National capital to have three more railway stationsAugust 31st, 2008 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) The railway ministry is planning three more railway stations in the national capital terriotry (NCT) to ease passenger flow at the main terminal here.The new stations will come up at Anand Vihar, bordering Uttar Pradesh, Holambi Kalan in north Delhi and Bijwasan in south west Delhi, both bordering Haryana.
“This is part of the upgrade of Delhi’s rail traffic before the Commonwealth Games. These railway stations will divert some traffic to the NCR and help decongest the New Delhi railway station, which is overburdened with passengers,” said a senior Railways official.
“We expect these stations to be operational before the Games. The government has already sanctioned Rs.8.5 million for the upgrade of the Anand Vihar station and the land acquisition for the other two stations has already begun,” the official added.
The government has already invited bid for the facelift and restructuring of the New Delhi station, which is likely to start Sep 6.
Apart from that, four new platforms will also be added as part of the expansion plan. These four new platforms of 26-coach length will be operational Sep 15. Currently, the New Delhi station has 12 platforms.
The station, at present handles about 600,000 visitors every day and about 270 trains.