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Tiruchi rly. division nets Rs.23.77-cr. passenger earnings

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TIRUCHI, AUG. 15 . The Tiruchi Division of the Southern Railways has earned Rs.23.77 crores as `passenger earnings' from April to July 2004, as against Rs.21.71 crores during the corresponding period last year, the Divisional Railway Manager, D. K. Saraf, said today.

He was speaking at the Independence Day celebrations organised by the Tiruchi division of the Southern Railway at the Kallukuzhi Railway Ground.

Mr. Saraf said the division managed an overall earnings of Rs.41.83 crores during the first four months of the current fiscal.

Elaborating the achievements of the Division last year, he said a new computerised PRS (Passenger Reservation System) Centre had been commissioned at Tiruvannamalai.

Another such Centre was inaugurated at Pattukottai this year. Passenger amenities had been enhanced through the opening of the second entry booking office at Thanjavur and operation of bus services. The same system had been extended to the Nagapattinam Railway Station and the Tiruchi Fort Station to pick up and drop passengers, he said.

A PRS Extension counter was also inaugurated at GOC (Central Workshops, Golden Rock) for the benefit of the staff there, he added.

Mr. Saraf said that last year, the new BG conversions along the Cuddalore Port Junction-Vadalur, and Thanjavur-Kumbakonam sectors were also inaugurated.

Besides, he said, the newly converted BG line of Villupuram- Pondicherry section was started with running of passenger and goods trains.

Mr. Saraf also acclaimed the unveiling of the heritage steam loco-YG 4310 at the park in front of Tiruchi Railway Junction as one among the Division's landmark achievements.

The division, he said, operated special trains or attached additional coaches to a number of trains, including mail and express trains, during festive seasons - Nagore (GrandKandoori), Nagapattinam- Vailankanni (annual feast), Tiruvannamalai (Karthika deepam), Srirangam (Vaikuntha Ekadasi),Tiruchi/ Thanjavur- Kumbakonam (Mahamaham) and on various other important occasions from different stations, he said.

He recounted that a total number of 299 trains were run between February 26 and March 8 for the Mahamaham festival.

In addition, long distance special trains from Coimbatore, Nagercoil, Chennai Egmore and Tambaram were also run, he said. Special trains announced by the Southern railway such as train numbers 0605/0606 Chennai Egmore- Nagarcoil- Chennai Egmore specials and train numbers 0651/0652 Tiruchi-Tirupathi-Tiruchi specials (tri-weekly special trains) were running via Tiruchi to cater to the additional demand of the public from the area, he added.

Mr. Saraf said adequate facilities for passengers such as hygiene, information and security, made at Kumbakonam and other stations, were well patronised.

He also expressed hope that with the addition of Thanjavur-Kumbakonam, Vriddhachalam-Cuddalore and Villupuram-Pondicherry on the Broad Gauge map would improve the income of the Railways.

Earlier, a ceremonial parade, led by the Divisional Security Commissioner, P.V. Subramanian, was taken out by the Railway Protection Force.

Various cultural events and special performances by the dog squad were also organised.

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