Same platform to board bus and buy train tickets

Frequent traveller Deepak Panda jumps out of the bus and makes a dash to the railway station to know about train schedule. Panda’s hassle might end if the development authority’s plan to have railway booking counters and an information centre at the bus terminus takes shape.

According to preliminary plans drawn up by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority, the terminus will be developed into a multi-storey complex. The ground floor will be used for parking buses and booking tickets. The upper storeys will house railway reservation counters and an information kiosk.

Vice-chairman of the authority Vishal Kumar Dev said the development authority had several meetings with the East Coast Railway regarding makeover of the complex. “It was decided that while the ground floor would be used for parking of city buses and providing space for passenger amenities, repair workshops and allied facilities, the railway could use the upper floors to set up enquiry kiosks and booking counters.” The last meeting was held in May.

The authority has engaged an architect to draw up a detailed plan for the project. On the other hand, the railway also has plans for expansion of the existing station and addition of two more tracks near platform No. 1.

With expansion of two more tracks, the station building, housing the office of the station master and other offices, will have to be demolished along with the booking counters. Some of these could be relocated to the nearby bus terminus complex.

As daily commuter Panda said: “The railway booking counters and information kiosks should be located in a spacious area and the authorities should act on their plan as soon as possible.”

At present, the railway ticket-booking counters and information kiosks are located several metres away from each other. Once it is near the city bus terminus, passengers can know the timings of trains easily after arriving there.

Chief public relations officer of the railway J.P. Mishra said: “It was decided that the development authority will prepare a master plan for the land where the city bus terminal is situated. Once we get the master plan, we will respond to it immediately.” He said once the authority finalised its plan, the railway, too, would start working on its expansion project.

A senior railway official said while the Rs 80-crore station renovation plan was getting delayed due to funds crunch, the state government had offered to bear 50 per cent cost of the project to ensure a modern railway terminal.


• City bus terminus near railway station to become modern transit point for both bus and train passengers
• Ground floor to become pick-up and drop point for bus passengers
• Other floors to have ticket-booking counters for trains and enquiry kiosks
• Architect engaged to prepare terminal master plan

ID card must for buying Tatkal ticket at counters in Pune station

The Pune railway division has made it mandatory for travelers to produce proof of identity at the time of booking a Tatkal ticket at railway counters. The new clause, the division officials say, will keep a check on touts who buy tickets in fake/fictitious names. The revised rule will come in force at all railway reservation counters in the city from May 6.

A passenger or his representative buying a Tatkal ticket at a counter will have to produce one of the 10 documents listed as proof of identity (see box) by the railway administration.

A railway division official said that they have been getting complaints of touts and middlemen operating at booking counters. “The administration catches at least 3 to4 peopleevery month for buying/selling tickets illegally. Our drive will continue,” said the official.

Show one of them as identity proof
Voter ID; passport; PAN card; driving licence; photo identity card issued by central/state governments; student identity card with photograph; nationalized bank passbook with photograph; credit card with laminated photograph; Aadhaar card and photo identity cards having serial number issued by public sector undertakings.