Anand Vihar station inaugurated to cater East-bound trains
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 00:40
  
New Delhi: The Anand Vihar mega railway terminal in East Delhi, which is expected to decongest New Delhi station, was thrown open to public on Saturday, mostly catering to East-bound trains.

Inaugurating the terminal along with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said the terminal will be integrated with Delhi Metro's Anand Vihar station nearby, which would be inaugurated by December end.

Two trains to West Bengal will start operating from the new station shortly, even as Railway have decided to start another three existing trains from there in March.

The swanky looking terminal building has may firsts to its credit. They include loading and unloading of parcels and food items in the station yard to ensure platform cleanliness.

A museum adorned with black and white photographs capturing the illustrious past of Northern Railways also finds space at the complex, which is spread over 6000 sqm area.

Several other modern amenities also give the station a contemporary look.

The Minister, on the occasion, also flagged off a ladies special train called "matrubhumi special" through remote control from Ghaziabad to New Delhi.

She also flagged off a winter special train to Lucknow from Anand Vihar and a 14-coach EMU from Delhi to Panipat (through remote control).

The Rs 85 crore new terminal project was originally scheduled for inauguration in 2007 but skipped many deadlines.

With its inauguration today, the Railways department is hopeful that it will ease the pressure off New Delhi station which is presently operating to its capacity.

"The new terminal will cater to over three lakh people in full capacity and handle over 250-odd trains," a railway official said.

Northern Railway also plans to develop two other railway terminals on the city vicinity at Holambi Kalan, Shakurbasti and Bijwasan.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 00:40


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