September 27, 2020

Equipment hold up escalators

Patna: The railways have failed to meet the March 31 deadline to install escalators at Patna Junction. The work has currently been stopped.

“All I can say is that construction has been stopped,” East Central Railway (ECR) chief public relations officer Rajesh Kumar said.

Elaborating on it, the Danapur chief public relations officer Sanjay Prasad said: “Till now, the company has procured only 50 per cent of required equipment. We can’t start work till they bring all equipment.”

Prasad further said: “By October-November itself we had completed all formalities. The onus now lies on the company awarded the rights to install escalators.”

Danapur deputy railway manager Ranjan Prakash Thakur held talks in this regard with the said company. “Going by the pace of work, it will take nearly two more months to complete it. So, the escalators will now be ready by August.”

One escalator was to be installed on Platform number 1 and another on platform number 10. The project will cost around Rs 1.30 crore.

Similarly, even a year later, the authorities have failed to build an air-conditioned waiting hall on platform number one of Patna Junction or develop the retiring room as a three-star hotel despite talks with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

Prasad held IRCTC responsible for non-execution of these projects. “These projects are to be executed by IRCTC. We have handed over all work to IRCTC. Now, it is upto IRCTC to complete the project.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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