Rourkela railway station awaits facelift as Hockey World Cup 2023 inch closer – The New Indian Express

by Express News Service

Rurquilla: As the City of Steel prepares to co-host the Men’s Hockey World Cup in January 2023, the South East Railway (SER) appears to have closed its eyes to the development of rotating areas at Rurquilla Railway Station.

With only five months on hand, SER has made no efforts so far to develop the main entrance to the station on the south side and beautify the surroundings, and the main entrance to the railway station will be the only gateway for train commuters during a great hockey event, but it continues to wear a crowded and uncharacteristic look. interesting.

Although no steps have been taken to give the gate a facelift and develop the adjacent areas, Rourkela Smart City Ltd (RSCL) is widening the narrow approach road to the station to implement the SER plan for separate entry and exit to overcome vehicular congestion at the entrance during rush hours.

Incidentally in 2010, then Minister of Food and Consumer Welfare Sarada Prasad Nayak prepared a scheme to develop the areas around the station by spending Rs 30,000 from private resources.

In the scheme, Nayak, the current MLA in Rourkela and Chairman of the Sundargarh District Planning Committee, said he had proposed providing prepaid taxi and auto rickshaw services with proper parking facilities along with beautifying and renovating the facade of the station. However, he claimed that SER showed no interest.

Currently, SER is carrying out several projects within the railway station including the construction of platform No. 6 and a foot bridge, addition of passenger facilities and elevator and escalator facilities. SER is also developing the newly constructed second entrance on the north side.

During his visit to the railway station on July 10, Chairman and CEO of Railways VK Tripathi said that several projects are underway in view of the mega hockey event. He added that if the need arises, more projects can be penalized.

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