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Station Platform as Urban Platform: A Case Study on Sholoshahar Railway Station, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Nishan A. Barua, Mohammad Zahid Hossain, and Nusrat Sultana
Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology/Architecture, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Abstract—As we know, the function of a railway station primarily focuses on the transportation. For the study area – Sholoshahar Railway Station, a regional, category B station; situated in the heart of city. This station is connected from the Chittagong railway station to the north Chittagong University (CU), Nazirhut and to the south Dohazari . Its major traveler is Chittagong University’s students, where pressure volume is low and the ticketing system is weak, over the time it welcomes other functions that sometimes not even directly involved with the primary one. Again though the station is mainly used by CU students there often occurs gathering by others university students, college students & by other people. People (usually young aged) find this place as a free platform to celebrate their gathering. It creates functional diversity with as pedestrian, voluntary schooling, fair on festivals, common gathering place for students. This paper will focus on the functional diversity, identifying functions that ameliorating or exacerbating the condition and investigating future development proposals on the station for suggesting some guidelines to maintain the station as an urban platform. 

Index Terms—transportation, functional diversity, station platform, urban platform

Cite: Nishan A. Barua, Mohammad Zahid Hossain, and Nusrat Sultana, "Station Platform as Urban Platform: A Case Study on Sholoshahar Railway Station, Chittagong, Bangladesh," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 222-228, August 2020. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.9.3.222-228