Erode Railway Junction that handles more than 100 passing trains every day is poised for a makeover. Development of circulating area, creation of additional facilities on the first and second platforms, landscaping, and strengthening of the approach road are on the anvil at the station that serves as a hub for water filling, food provision and toilet cleaning in long-distance trains. Work on expansion of circulating area at the entrance for free movement of two and four-wheelers has already been initiated.
A sum of Rs. 16 lakh would be spent for the purpose, said G.V. Venkatesan, Public Relations Officer of Salem Railway Division.
For providing a facelift to the first and second platforms with additional seating and lighting arrangements, Rs. 22 lakh would be spent.
A sum of Rs. 30 lakh had been earmarked for establishing a lift, and Rs. 45 lakh for installing an escalator, said Mr. Venkatesan.
There was a proposal to lay an approach road to the loco shed, one among the biggest in the country housing hundreds of electric and diesel locomotives, he said adding that strengthening of the approach road at the entrance of the railway station would be carried out to ensure convenient entry and exit.
For conversion of the Railway Hospital in Erode into a 60-bedded facility with separate wings for specialities, Rs. 4 crore had been announced, said Mr. Venkatesan.