Lingam­pally sta­tion lacks ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

The South Cen­tral Rail­way is de­vel­op­ing Lingam­pally rail­way sta­tion as a ‘model’ rail­way sta­tion, but the fact is that it doesn’t have some­thing as ba­sic as a prop­erly func­tion­ing pub­lic an­nounce­ment sys­tem, drink­ing wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties at the sec­ond plat­form, toi­lets or benches.

The sta­tion has an ad­vanced pub­lic an­nounce­ment sys­tem, but very lit­tle timely in­for­ma­tion is re­layed to pas­sen­gers by the staff re­spon­si­ble for do­ing so.

Lack of cor­rect and timely in­for­ma­tion at rail­way sta­tions can be dan­ger­ous as large num­bers of peo­ple move in and out of sta­tions.

J. Rad­hika, a soft­ware pro­fes­sional and a reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger on the MMTS from Lingam­pally to Hitech City, said that the com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap causes con­fu­sion among pas­sen­gers.

“Due to sig­nalling is­sues, MMTS trains don’t op­er­ate from the same plat­form. At the last mo­ment, rail­way of­fi­cials an­nounce the plat­form in­for­ma­tion and pas­sen­gers rush from one plat­form to an­other through the foot-over-bridge or by cross­ing the tracks. Some­times, there is no an­nounce­ment at all and pas­sen­gers run to an­other plat­form when they see that the train has ar­rived,” she said.

Ramesh Dan­tale, a trader in Lingam­pally, said trains halt only for one to two min­utes and pas­sen­gers in a hurry to get to the right plat­form take a short­cut by cross­ing the tracks.

“Some wait on the foot over bridge to see which plat­form the train ar­rives at and then rush to that plat­form,” he said.

Pas­sen­gers com­plain of lack of drink­ing wa­ter at the sec­ond plat­form, lack of toi­lets and benches. The Lingam­pally rail­way sta­tion serves 15,000 pas­sen­gers per day, with 108 trains, in­clud­ing the MMTS, pas­sen­ger trains and a few ex­press trains halt­ing here.

Chief pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of the SCR, M. Uma Shankar Ku­mar, says that work on the sec­ond foot over bridge will be com­pleted by the end of this month.

Num­ber of pas­sen­gers per day: 15,000 Num­ber of trains serv­ing this sta­tion: 108 in­clud­ing MMTS and 40 long-dis­tance trains MMTS ser­vices to: Falaknuma, Se­cun­der­abad and Kacheguda through Hitech City rail­way sta­tion

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