Railway to computerize parcel office

PATNA: Work on computerization of the railway parcel office is to
start this month. This step has been taken to maintain full
transparency in the booking of luggage from Patna Junction for far-
off places by mail and express trains, said Danapur DRM B D Garg.

According to Garg, Patna Junction has been the hub of parcel booking generating good revenue for the railways. It will be the first such station of the East Central Railway (ECR) to have computerization facility in the parcel office. The railways have given the contract to CRIS, a well-known company, to expedite computerization, he said.

The DRM said Railway Board has already given its nod for
computerization of the railway parcel office. Under the plan, the
railways have decided to computerize parcel bookings at every major station of the division to facilitate easy parcel bookings and
maintain a clean record of bookings. Work will be faster in the
computerized system, he said.

The DRM informed the railways have worked out the details to link
functioning of parcel offices of all major stations under ECR to the
computerized network. The new system is likely to check malpractice
and delay in transporting the booked consignments, he said.

Garg said the railways have taken various steps to provide more
passenger amenities at Patna Junction. The 20-feet-wide foot
overbridge (FOB) at Patna Junction has been thrown open to
passengers now.

According to Garg, two other FOBs located at “Howrah and Delhi ends”will be widened up to 16 feet at Patna Junction to cope with the
rush of passengers. A proposal to this effect has already been sent
to Railway Board, he said.

To streamline the maintenance work of coaches, particularly of LHB
German coaches of the Rajdhani Express, the railways have decided to build two additional pit lines at Rajendra Nagar Terminal. Besides,
the railways would extend the length of platform no. 1 from the
present 19-coach capacity to 24 coaches at Rajendra Nagar Terminal.

The work will be taken up soon after acquiring private land of about
500 square metres at Rajendra Nagar. After the completion of the
project, all mail and express trains having a load combination of 24
coaches could be easily accommodated on platform no. 1 either for
departure or on arrival there, the DRM said.