Jammu: The Jammu Tawi Railway Station that received its first train in the year 1970 is being revamped and is set to be equipped with modern infrastructure as two projects worth Rs 450 crores are presently in progress and these are expected to be completed by April 2025.
The existing Jammu Tawi Railway Station having four platforms and three washing lines, will also be enhanced and equipped with modern gadgets under the ongoing developmental projects.
Station Director, Northern Railways, Jammu Tawi Railway Station, Uchit Singhal told UNI, “at present two projects are in progress-re-development and re-modelling-that started in November last year and are expected to be completed by April 2025 with 30 months deadline under Station Redevelopment Plan.”
Elaborating about the projects, Singhal said “remodelling-washing lines and enhancement of platforms is underway whereas in the re-development process, the entire building of the railway station is being redesigned.”
Each project will cost Rs 225 crores (Rs 450 crores for two projects), said Singhal adding that the existing four platforms will be enhanced to seven and three washing lines will be increased to five.
“The demand of platforms is higher because of originating and terminating trains in comparison to through trains (briefly halting). So platforms are the immediate and first requirement being catered presently,” the Station Director said.
“Augmenting the infrastructure further, washing lines are being enhanced from three to five that will also address the concern of washing and maintenance to a larger extent,” said Singhal.
Besides, he said that a huge structure of elevated concourse is also coming up vis-a-vis shopping mall, eateries, waiting arena, lounge, underground tunnels and other facilities to facilitate smooth boarding by the passengers, adding, “entry and exit points are also being separated. A new entry point is also being constructed towards Narwal side.”
“Once the projects are completed, the entry at railway station will be through concourse and exit through FOBs as it will help in catering the rush of passengers,” he stated.
He also revealed that the building structure is almost final and will be based on ‘Temple Architect’ as Jammu is popularly known as ‘City of Temples’.
“The revamping work is going on at a fast pace,” he said.
Jammu Tawi Railway Station is one of the largest and busiest stations in the Jammu Division that caters lakhs of visitors especially the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims from all over the country.
Jammu Tawi Railway Station is well connected to major Indian cities by trains. The entire Jalandhar–Jammu section, Jammu Tawi station was approved for electric traction in August 2014.