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Station Consultative Committee meeting held on Wednesday

Exchanging views:Panel members at the first Station Consultative Committee meeting held at Salem Railway Junction on Wednesday.-PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
Exchanging views:Panel members at the first Station Consultative Committee meeting held at Salem Railway Junction on Wednesday.-PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Appointing private unreserved ticket vending agents, linking of platform number five with other platforms at the junction and installing closed circuit television cameras in the junction were the key points discussed during the first Station Consultative Committee (SCC) meeting held here on Wednesday.

Chaired by Additional Divisional Railway Manager V. Thavamani Pandi, members of the committee, including members from Chamber of Commerce, Leigh Bazar Merchant Association, educational institutions and the general public discussed the amenities required at the station premises and the measures for improving them.

Long queues

With the public being put to hardship by waiting for getting unreserved tickets in long queues, the members stressed the starting of Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBS) near the station premises.

They also wanted the stoppage of Salem – Chennai Egmore Express at Salem Town Railway Station, opening of additional reservation counters, improving the circulating areas and opening of second entrance at the other side of the station for the convenience of the passengers and others.

Railway officials outlined the various works currently carried out at the station including, installation of foot-over-bridge, extension of subway from platform 4 to 5, and extending the circulating area, apart from enhancing passenger amenities.

Officials at the meeting also explained about the measures undertaken to check touts and unauthorised vendors.

K. Vijaya Prasad, Assistant Commercial Manager, T. Ravindranathan, Station Manager, Salem, and other division officials were present.

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