Mangaluru, Aug 3, 2015 : The Southern Railway is all set to develop the second entrance to Mangaluru Central Railway Station from the Attavar side with adequate passenger amenities and vehicle parking facilities.
A three-storeyed building, basement, ground and first floor, with a carpet area of about 2,700 sq m, would come up on this side of the station. While the basement would be earmarked for four-wheeler parking, the ground floor would be offered for two-wheeler parking and the first floor for various passenger amenities.
The amenities include circulating area, counters to issue general as well as reserved tickets. From the first floor of the building, passengers can directly enter the platforms via foot overbridges. Lifts are also planned from the basement to the first floor for those in need of the facility.
Southern Railway’s Palakkad Divisional Railway Manager Anand Prakash told The Hindu that all the work would be executed at a cost of about Rs. 10 crore, for which the division would call for tenders shortly. While the Railway Board had allocated Rs. 3.5 crore and given the go-ahead for the work, the general manager of Southern Railway has sanctioned additional funds from his quota, he said.
The building, Mr. Prakash said, would be built having provision for further expansion, whenever there is a need.
At the main entrance, lifts are already being installed even as escalators too are proposed, he pointed out.
A full-fledged second entrance to the land-locked railway station would considerably ease the pressure on the main entrance from Hampankatta. More than 30,000 people make use of the railway station from where over 30 trains operate every day.
Doubling of the railway track between Netravathi Cabin and Central Station is also likely to be taken up during the second entrance work along with construction of an island platform. The line doubling would ensure smooth entry and exit of trains to and from the station.
Courtesy: The Hindu