Numerous steps have been taken to ensure safety, and eliminate even the remotest possibility of danger, Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager Rajesh Agrawal has said.

At the Railway Week celebrations organised at the divisional headquarters at Thycaud here on Monday, Mr. Agrawal said zero tolerance would be adopted towards violation of safety rules. “Safety, Safety, and Safety are our first three priorities,” he added.

To tackle extreme challenges being faced in punctuality, operations, earnings, tracks, and level crossing gates, a strategy had been put in place.

Mr. Agrawal said better operation and management had reduced the energy bill by 16.5 per cent this year. The division's passenger earnings had grown by 8.5 per cent to an all time high of Rs.565 crore. Goods earnings had grown by 4.8 per cent to cross Rs.200 crore for the first time in Thiruvananthapuram division.

Fastest train

Over a 100 coaches had been added to trains and the network was being upgraded from speeds of 70-80 kmph to 110 kmph. On March 9, the division ran its fastest train ever at a speed of 122 kmph.

All trains running at night were being escorted by Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel, including women constables.

Vice-Chairman, Kerala State Planning Board, K.M. Chandrasekhar, in his keynote address said the railways should now concentrate on infrastructure development in Kerala. At the function, 413 meritorious employees of the division were given away cash awards.