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The Tatanagar Railway station having the station code as TATA, is the major railway station that is serving the Jamshedpur city in Jharkhand state. It belonged to Bihar state previously before the south Bihar’s portion came into Jharkhand’s new state.

Tatanagar is a railway station that is situated on the line of Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai of Indian Railways. It comes as the 2nd busiest railway station after Howrah station after Southern Eastern Railway. There are 5 platforms and it handles about 100 trains every day. Most of the northbound and westbound trains including some of the important trains to the other parts of India originate at the Tatanagar Railway station.

History

The Tatanagar Railway Station is a very old station. In December 1907, Sakchi was known as the ideal site for envisaged steel plant. The village Kalimati, in 1910, which was not far from Sakchi got a railway station on the route of Howrah-Bombay on BNR. From then, the railway was steel plant’s life-line and the Tatas established it. The Railway station stations’ name was changed later to Tatanagar in Jamsetji Tata’s honour who was its founder. Rourkela- Tatanagar section was the 2nd 25kV AC electrified part of India; the 1st was Burdwa-Mughalsarai.

Nanji Govindji Taunk, the popular railway contractor of the city built the Tatanagar Railway Station and his son Ranchhod Nanji Taunk and Nanji Govindji & Bistupur’s sons, who belonged to the community of KGK, a community known for the contributions of them in building India’s railway lines.

Services

Tatanagar railway station is a significant railway station in the route of Howrah- Mumbai and to various other places like Orissa, Visakhapatnam, Chennai and Delhi. It is south eastern railway’s biggest station in terms of the footfalls of the passengers each day. It falls under the Chakradharpur division and south eastern railway zone. More than 100 trains ply at any day from this route. It is also the major point of transit for the citizens from many parts of this state. It is amongst the busiest trunk routes of eastern India and it is mainly because of the reason of being the major line for the passengers and the goods train as well. It is currently having 6 platforms. 5 platforms are for main trains while 1 platform is used for the passenger trains.

Facilities

The station comes under category A of the stations and it has all the facilities like bookshops, cafeteria, waiting rooms, AC retiring rooms etc. The existing facilities are revamped for its development as a model station. The existing footbridge linking to the outside of railway station has been done that produced a big rush of the passengers entering from the gate that was troublesome for incoming passengers.

The vehicles entry is allowed in the premises of the station. There is a facility of vehicle parking on payment basis. There is a special lane for the auto-rickshaws for exit and entry. The points of exit and entry have computerized monitoring units which checks the vehicles coming out and entering the railway station. CCTV cameras are also being installed in the area of parking to monitor the vehicles as well as the people. The award of ‘best maintained station of South eastern railway division for the year 2009-2010” has been won by the station.

The station is all set to undergo a massive re-modernization after looking at the increased rush of passengers. Few of them are as follows:

  • Shifting up of the unreserved counters of the tickets to the computerized system of passengers from the existing ones. The counters of unreserved sections will take ground floor while those of reservation would get shifted to 1st floor.

  • The existing office of parcel at platform 1 is to get shifted to the extended region of platform (near the over bridge of vehicle) in order to reduce congestion and also to develop an additional hall for waiting.

  • From the burmanines end, a new entrance is under construction for facilitating the passengers from Telco, Golmuri and Sakchi areas. The previous over bridge of the vehicle would be used for the passenger’s entry like a foot bridge. Ticket counters will also be made at last.

  • Separate lanes and parking facilities as well for private and public vehicles for reducing the congestion near its entrance.

  • The proposed 2nd foot bridge has been sanctioned along with it.

  • AC dormitory has also been commissioned during June 2013.

  • AC executive paid lounge is under construction.

  • Also modular standard signages would be shortly provided.

  • Reservation enquiry kiosks, reservation availability displays, digital train information display provided.

  • Mechanized laundry for the train linen washing is provided.

  • Mechanized cleaning of trains and platforms provided.

The railway station is a main station of the south eastern railway and it houses large number of non-passengers associated facilities like washing lines, loco beds etc. in its area. A new modern washing line is also being lined up in the complex.

Other than this, Adityapur is also having a yard for goods that is being used by the Tata steel for dispatch/ receiving and parking of finished steel rakes/ raw material. A proposed sick line would soon come up. The facilities at station have been enhanced recently seeing the arising need out of the expansion of Tata steel capacity to 10 MT from 6.8 MT.

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