Vasco: With there being no extension of shed at platforms
one and two of Vasco railway station, passengers face a lot of inconvenience
during summer and monsoon days.
The railway station was awarded as the third cleanest
railway station in India as per a preliminary survey conducted by Indian
Railways in 2016. As per the survey conducted by Indian Railways of around
8,000 rail stations across the country under the ‘Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat
Mission, the Vasco railway station, which falls under ‘A’ category, was awarded
the third position. The station has also bagged the ‘best maintained station’
award for two times in Hubli division, while it has been given ‘best maintained
award’ under zone.
The station handles hundreds of passengers in a day and
sees major trains including Hazrat Nizamuddin (Goa Express), Howrah (Amravati
Express), Yesvantpur Express, Velankanni Express, Patna Express, besides a
local train Vasco-Collem/ Collem- Vasco on daily basis. Despite handling
hundreds of passengers in a day, the overhead shed has not been extended to
Station manager P C Chacko said that “the Vasco railway
station needs to have the shed extended. Sometimes passengers face hardships
when there is heavy rush to board outstation trains. The passengers are forced
to wait in the hot sun or bear the rain in absence of a proper shed.”
“Apart from the
extension of shed, the railway station is in a dire need of waiting seats. It
has been observed that the passengers waiting for trains are forced to seat on
the floor of the platform when the seats are fully occupied. Vasco railway
station requires additional chairs so that passengers can relax while they wait
for trains,” stated Chacko.
Vasco railway station was supposed to get an escalator
facility which was earlier proposed by the then Rajya Sabha MP late Shantaram
Naik. He had conducted a site inspection of the railway station in order to
improve facilities at the station, but it in vain.
“An escalator facility will be useful for the passengers
to travel from one platform to another. Major railway stations across India
have escalators,” Chacko added.
Source:: The Navhind Times