The gross earnings of the Salem Railway Division up to July 2013 is Rs. 173 crore, which is 13 per cent more when compared to the same period last fiscal year, Divisional Railway Manager Sujatha Jayaraj said here on Thursday.

Addressing the gathering after unfurling the national flag at the Railway Grounds, she said that though earnings from freight traffic have gone down by two per cent, passenger earnings have increased by 13 per cent.

Outlining the various works being carried out by the division, she said that electrification of Mettupalayam — Coimbatore sector would be take up this fiscal year apart from completion of new subway at Coimbatore Railway Junction, front elevation works in Tirupur Junction.

She added that new foot over bridge and passenger lifts at the Salem Junction, extension of Salem station building and improvement of circulating area, provision of air-conditioned waiting room in Salem Junction works were nearing completion.

Safety

The DRM also said that safety of passengers were given priority as Integrated Security System (ISS) have been introduced at Coimbatore Station, surveillance cameras installed in Erode and Salem with Tirupur to have soon. To eliminate unmanned level crossings, five limited use subways have been constructed besides construction of new platform at Podanur Junction.