Madurai railway division was the first in the Southern Railway to commission unreserved ticketing system at all operational railway stations, Divisional Railway Manager Anil Singhal said.

Addressing a function organised in connection with the 55th Railway Week Celebrations here on Monday, Mr. Singhal said that despite economic challenges, the division was able to register a growth of more than 13 per cent in its earnings during 2009-10.

He added that the Madurai railway station was undergoing major expansion and renovation. The concourse and waiting hall were expanded, platform no. 1 was being widened and escalator facility would come up. A multi-functional shopping complex would also come up, he added.

Giving away the awards, Commissioner of Police P. Balasubramanian said that railway was a bridge between various places of historical importance and pilgrim centres. He commended the railway officials and staff for ensuring safety of passengers by attending to rail fracture in time. A total of 319 awards were given.

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