A new station building has been readied at the southern end of the Danapur railway station at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore.
Officials claimed that the building has been built keeping in mind the sudden increase in footfall of passengers at the Danapur station. The railways intends to shift at least two unreserved ticketing system (UTS) counters to the new station building to help people living in the southern end of the state capital.
According to sources, the railways is also building a new platform close to platform number 1 at the Danapur station for arrival and departure of passenger trains either originating from or going towards the Pataliputra Junction. The new platform will have provisions to accommodate passenger trains with a load combination of 24 coaches. Although a spacious area has been earmarked for parking vehicles and autorickshaws in the circulating area of the new station building, the railways is yet to complete the circulating area.
The railways has also decided to build a refreshment room and two retiring rooms at the Danapur station for passengers’ conveniences.
As many as 10 mail and express trains originate daily from the Danapur station, while at least 280 passenger trains pass through it while going to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Calcutta.
Meanwhile, the main circulating area of the Danapur station at the northern end has become highly congested and a veritable death trap for pedestrians. According to a Danapur RPF official, encroachment by autorickshaws in the main Danapur station area is the main cause for traffic congestion.
Frequent passengers have welcomed the opening of the second exit point of the Danapur station.