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Dec 10 2016 (16:13)  Habibganj Railway Station: Passengers cry for amenities at Habibganj station in Madhya Pradesh (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHOPAL: Habibganj railway station, the first ISO certified station of Indian railways, is in a bad shape. Amenities at the station have failed to keep pace with modernisation and increase in passengers, while the shifting of halts of trains from Bhopal station to Habibganj in the wake of development work at the main station have added to chaos. Regular passengers from Habibganj station were already bugged by crammed and inadequate parking lot, small waiting room, and non-availability of food items- especially during night hours, erratic escalator and non-availability of RO drinking water. With the sudden surge in passengers owing to halt of most trains, passenger amenities have taken a hit. The delay in redevelopment and modernization of Habibganj railway station has also adversely affected works. Passengers have blamed the authorities for negligence, when they were aware of large footfall scheduled at Habibganj railway station, after shifting of about 70 trains' halt....
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Anita Hansraj, a passenger from Bhopal to Mumbai on platform 4 of Habibganj station, talking to TOI said, "Everyone knew that a major crowd turns up at Habibganj after stoppage of 70 new trains. There is no security check, though the GRP and RPF police station is just 10 steps away." The escalator at the station supposed to facilitate passengers avoid carrying stairs along with luggage is often closed by the railways. Brajendra Kumar, senior divisional commercial manager (DCM) Bhopal railway division said, "All the complaints from passengers about problems at Habibganj station are being addressed on priority. Redevelopment of Habibganj railway station is underway and an MoU has already been signed with a private company. But, as of now the station has not been handed over to the private group officially and railways are managing the affairs and all complaints are being taken up seriously." Sunil Bansal, chairman Bansal group that has been selected for redevelopment of the station told TOI, "We will take up the work of redevelopment from end of January 2017, as survey is going on at present to analyse passenger amenities and requirements." The problems Drinking water Apart from security, another major problem, passengers rued about was of drinking water facility. Mahendra Singh, an army official, travelling to Ambala, said, "The taste of water is so bad and has a fouled odor. You are forced to buy mineral water." During Simhstha 2016, Bhopal rail division had installed an RO plant at Bhopal railway station to provide quality drinking water to passengers, but Habibganj was not provided with the facility. Some passengers complained about overcharging for water bottles by vendors.
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Impact of demonetization on accounting Tally Solutions Private Limited Recommended By Colombia Crammed waiting rooms Being labelled as a model railway station of India, waiting rooms at Habibganj are the smallest and can accommodate hardly 30 passengers at a time. In comparison to Bhopal railway station, the capacity was more than double. Train delays due to fog add to the problem. "Few days ago Shatabdi was 7 hours late and I had to sit on the floor nearby pillars while waiting for it. There was huge rush at waiting room," said Nitisha Khurana, an IT professional travelling to New Delhi on December 3. There are four waiting rooms at Habibganj railway station one each for male, female, first class and another for disabled people. No space at parking lots Parking lots at Platform No 1 and 4 sides have very little capacity. Moreover, in case of a VIP movement it affects all passengers. While space is a premium in the lots, some vehicles have been parked there since long. A car bearing registration number MP-09-HE-0468 along with many others was found parked at the lot for the past several days. Same is the problem with two-wheelers, where many bikes have been parked since long.
BHOPAL: Habibganj railway station, the first ISO certified station of Indian railways, is in a bad shape. Amenities at the station have failed to keep pace with modernisation and increase in passengers, while the shifting of halts of trains from Bhopal station to Habibganj in the wake of development work at the main station have added to chaos.
Regular passengers from Habibganj station were already bugged by crammed and inadequate parking lot, small waiting room, and non-availability of food items- especially during night hours, erratic escalator and non-availability of RO drinking water.
With the sudden surge in passengers owing to halt of most trains, passenger amenities have taken a hit.
The delay in redevelopment and modernization of Habibganj railway station has also adversely affected works.
Passengers have blamed the authorities for negligence, when they were aware of large footfall scheduled at Habibganj railway station, after shifting of about 70 trains' halt.
Anita Hansraj, a passenger from Bhopal to Mumbai on platform 4 of Habibganj station, talking to TOI said, "Everyone knew that a major crowd turns up at Habibganj after stoppage of 70 new trains. There is no security check, though the GRP and RPF police station is just 10 steps away."
The escalator at the station supposed to facilitate passengers avoid carrying stairs along with luggage is often closed by the railways.
Brajendra Kumar, senior divisional commercial manager (DCM) Bhopal railway division said, "All the complaints from passengers about problems at Habibganj station are being addressed on priority. Redevelopment of Habibganj railway station is underway and an MoU has already been signed with a private company. But, as of now the station has not been handed over to the private group officially and railways are managing the affairs and all complaints are being taken up seriously."
Sunil Bansal, chairman Bansal group that has been selected for redevelopment of the station told TOI, "We will take up the work of redevelopment from end of January 2017, as survey is going on at present to analyse passenger amenities and requirements."
The problems
Drinking water
Apart from security, another major problem, passengers rued about was of drinking water facility. Mahendra Singh, an army official, travelling to Ambala, said, "The taste of water is so bad and has a fouled odor. You are forced to buy mineral water."
During Simhstha 2016, Bhopal rail division had installed an RO plant at Bhopal railway station to provide quality drinking water to passengers, but Habibganj was not provided with the facility. Some passengers complained about overcharging for water bottles by vendors.
Being labelled as a model railway station of India, waiting rooms at Habibganj are the smallest and can accommodate hardly 30 passengers at a time. In comparison to Bhopal railway station, the capacity was more than double. Train delays due to fog add to the problem. "Few days ago Shatabdi was 7 hours late and I had to sit on the floor nearby pillars while waiting for it. There was huge rush at waiting room," said Nitisha Khurana, an IT professional travelling to New Delhi on December 3.
There are four waiting rooms at Habibganj railway station one each for male, female, first class and another for disabled people.
No space at parking lots
Parking lots at Platform No 1 and 4 sides have very little capacity. Moreover, in case of a VIP movement it affects all passengers. While space is a premium in the lots, some vehicles have been parked there since long. A car bearing registration number MP-09-HE-0468 along with many others was found parked at the lot for the past several days. Same is the problem with two-wheelers, where many bikes have been parked since long.
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