The Central Railway is constructing a new Home Platform on war footing at Eastern Side, popularly known as Santra Market, of Nagpur Railway Station. The construction of the gigantic Home Platform has been aimed at decongesting of the Western Side of station which is getting extremely overcrowded hour by hour and day by day. The Central Railway is honouring the heavy demand by the citizens for a hi-tech and a big platform that would provide them much relief from difficulties being faced by them since past few years following overcrowding of Western Side.
The Nagpur Division of Central Railway that garnered glorious achievements and provided excellent passenger facilities, and equally faced ravaging challenges in 2013, has been extending a New Year gift to the Orange City passengers or for that matter, passengers across the country. Now, the Central Railway is constructing Homeland Platform with “Car to Coaches Facility” and other vivid and vibrant features that would prove a major achievement and draw attention, not only in Nagpur, but across the nation.
The Central Railway is constructing a new Home Platform on war footing at Eastern Side, popularly known as Santra Market, of Nagpur Railway Station. The construction of the gigantic Home Platform has been aimed at decongesting of the Western Side of station which is getting extremely overcrowded hour by hour and day by day. The Central Railway is honouring the heavy demand by the citizens for a hi-tech and a big platform that would provide them much relief from difficulties being faced by them since past few years following overcrowding of Western Side. The historic old Nagpur was situated on the Eastern Side before the rapid urbanization specifically post-Independence. At present, the Second Capital has turned a Metro City and so the demands for more and more facilities. And the Nagpur Division of Central Railway has also provided and still providing newer facilities in line with the demands.
It may be recalled, previously, the passengers of Eastern Side had to cross Railway Yard to reach the Main Entry Gate. Moreover, the slow speed of construction of Railway Over Bridge (ROB) since past six years, the reaching to Main Entry Gate was a herculean task for passengers of Eastern Side. However, their difficulties will now be over once the user friendly Entry Gate at Eastern Side, in the shape of gigantic Orange, a magnificent tribute to Nagpur City, known as Orange City on the world map. The Eastern Side Entry Gate is a well planned with attractive canopy and circulating area and equipped with facilities like new escalator, come and board the train, auto stand, parking place for four-wheelers and two-wheelers. On the other hand, the Western Side Entry Gate of Nagpur Railway Station is prestigious having heritage value. The Eastern Side Gate reflects the modern and present era. Similarly, the proposed ‘Nagpur Metro’ will pass through this side and the connectivity will also be on the same lines.
However, the New Year gift from the Central Railway would soon be in the shape of construction of most modern platform number 8 at the Eastern Side. The new Homeland Platform No. 8 would be based on modern design with rough cover, leak proof, best arrangements for drinking water, attractive ambience and diffusing lighting system. The Homeland Platform would witness Heritage Gallery comprising some of Railway’s historic items, old time clocks, lamps, bell, benches and other materials that would be make future generations curious.
The most significant attraction of the Homeland Platform would be “Car to Coach Facility.” At present, the facility is available at few stations in the country. Now, Nagpur will also get the place in the prestigious list. The car or two-wheeler owners could directly go to the coaches instead of using the Foot Over Bridge (FOB). The Homeland Platform initially used for trains originating from Nagpur itself.
The features of new Home Platform that is being provided at Santra Market Side of Nagpur Railway Station
• To decongest the Western Side of Station which gets extremely over crowded in the evening.
• To start and terminate Nagpur originating trains.
• To provide the arrival and departure of SECR bound trains in future on completion of Nagpur-Kalamna doubling and Nagpur-Wardha 3rd line.
• High-level platform of 610 m length ( 24 coaches ) and 10.5 m width.
• Re-arrangement of Santra Market side circulating area by providing enhanced parking area for cars, two wheelers and auto stand.
• Enhanced illumination.
• Car to coach facility is being provided throughout the platform by providing two lane road with controlled entry and exit.
• Platform cover is of new design using PEB and Supportless roof structure with colour bonded galvalume sheets to enhance overall ambience of the Platform.
• Heritage lamp posts, Lanterns, Benches, Clocks etc belonging to the period when the Railway Lines were laid initially by GIP Railways, for their conservation and public display.
The following works are already in progress for development of Nagpur Station on Santra Market Side.
i) Aesthetic façade using ACP technology.
ii) Provision of Escalator.
iii) Provision of Pay and Use Deluxe Toilet.
iv) Beautification of entrance and exit gates.