BHADRAK: Though the former Railway Minister Nitish Kumar had announced to upgrade Bhadrak railway station to a model station in 2002, except computerisation of ticket booking and installation of clocks on the platforms, no other step has been taken till date.
Kumar had assured that the station would be equipped with all the amenities of a model station including upgradation of platforms, beautification, cleaning, installation of clocks and television sets, PCO and parking facilities. But, after 12 years, the station has hardly undergone any change.
Secretary of Bhadrak Zilla Bikash Parishad Suvendu Ray Mohapatra alleged that the century old railway station does not have basic amenities for hundreds of passengers who commute daily from here.
The passengers have to suffer due to lack of shade over most of the platforms and the situation worsens during rainy season. Passengers’ amenity committee has been demanding to extend four platforms in the station. But, the railway authorities have not taken any step yet, he added.
This apart, the goods shed is in a dilapidated condition. With no shed and boundary wall, traders are reluctant to store their goods. The station even does not have a PCO and parking facilities. Although a cycle stand has been provided by the railway authorities, only two-wheelers are parked since it does not have a boundary wall.
While no beautification work is being undertaken, the front and back portions of the station have been encroached and are used as tempo-stand. Due to shortage of commercial and operating staff and Class IV employees, services to the passengers have been affected.
Contacted, Station Manager Prafulla Chandra Mohanty said extension of shed on the platforms has been done partly. However, regarding model railway station, he said, “I am not the competent authority to comment on the issue.”