Officials say no more delays likely; upgrade by Sep 2019
Pune: Even four years after the announcement to convert Hadapsar railway station into a terminal for north bound trains, the project, for which Rs 30 crore expenditure is expected, is still stuck up. As per sources in Pune railway division, so far, only Rs 50 lakh has been received for the project. The project was mooted to reduce the pressure on Pune station, which currently handles 160 trains daily.
However, divisional officials are confident that they will not face any shortage of funds in future and the project will be completed by September 2019. “The process of floating tenders got delayed. Now, we have floated a tender worth Rs 14 crore and have been promised that funds will be released in quick succession. We have been told that henceforth the project will not suffer due to lack of funds,” said a senior official of Pune railway division.
The officers said that the plan is to shift north India bound trains to Hadapsar terminus, when it becomes ready. “North bound trains are the most crowded. These will comfortably fit at Hadapsar and the shifting will enable us to serve these trains as well as other trains plying from Pune station in a better way,” said the official.
As per the finalised plan of the first phase of the work, Hadapsar Terminus will have three platforms. Currently, the station has only two platforms. It will also have two loop lines to deal with the additional traffic once the trains increase.
“The new terminal will have long platforms, which will be able to accommodate 24-coach rakes. Apart from length extensions, the platforms will also be broadened. More ticket counters will be opened to help passengers buy current tickets. Also, more seats will be added on the platforms for those waiting for their trains. Waiting rooms will also be created as a necessity of its new role as a terminus,” said a senior official.