Divisional Railway Manager Vinod Kumar urged the Railway employees to rededicate themselves to the service of passengers.

Speaking after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day here on Thursday, Mr. Kumar dwelt on the performance of the division and said that the safety and security fronts had been good.

He said the Mysore Division had launched the Self-Propelled Accident Relief Train with full-fledged equipment onboard, the first of its kind for South Western Railway. The Railway Protection Force personnel were providing security on trains .

There had not been a single incident of ‘rail roko' in the entire division during the current year, Mr. Kumar said.

On the punctuality of the passenger trains, he said it was 92.05 per cent, while the mail and express trains had achieved a punctuality rate of 89.93 per cent.

He said the division loaded 4.55 million tonnes by way of freight as on December 2011, which marked an increase of 22.2 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

“The division is expected to surpass the target of 5.75 million tonnes set for the current financial year but the ban on transportation of ore for export has severely dented the freight revenue of the division”, said Mr. Kumar.

Anup Dayanand Sadhu, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager and other senior Railway officials were among those present.