Improve technology and services: Commissioner of Income Tax
MADURAI: Commissioner of Income Tax, Indra Kumar, has called for introduction of ‘frequent traveller programme’ in railways to encourage passengers and also to match competition in the transport sector.
Speaking at the ‘Railway Week’ celebrations organised by the Madurai Division of the Southern Railway here recently, he said that with the advent of low-cost airlines, it was time railways improved on technology, services and amenities. Lauding the railways for the tremendous achievement on the safety front, he said train collisions had become a thing of the past. A majority of accidents at unmanned level crossings was due to the negligence of road users.
Noting that the time taken for train journeys in India was still on the higher side compared to other countries, Mr. Indra Kumar suggested operation of high speed trains. The railway administration should consider commercial exploitation of vacant land by constructing holiday homes.
“You can enter into a joint venture with private parties and organise holiday packages. Engineers should think of designing soundproof cabins and aerodynamic locomotives (engines).”
Divisional Railway Manager, Hemant Kumar, said that the division was handling an average of 67,500 passengers per day. Pointing out that there was not a single fatal accident in the last 15 years, he said safety awareness programmes were being organised at regular intervals to inculcate track crossing discipline among road users.
He said that gauge conversion work over 300 km was under various stages of completion. The completion of the Virudhunagar-Manamadurai and Manamadurai-Karaikudi conversion would provide the much-awaited alternative route to Chennai from southern destinations via Manamadurai, Karaikudi, Pudukottai and Tiruchi.
While works to the tune of Rs.10 crore were underway for modernising passenger amenities, projects worth Rs.12 crore would be taken up soon. A sum of Rs.8 crore was already spent for improving amenities, including Information Technology based information systems, in the division last fiscal.
Awards for meritorious service were given to employees on the occasion. Additional Divisional Railway Manager, D.K. Nayak and Divisional Personnel Officer, G. Mohan spoke.