A foot overbridge connecting all platforms and with a provision of escalator would come up at Tiruchi junction. The railway ministry has sanctioned Rs. 4.2 crore in its 2012-13 budget for the establishment of the foot overbridge at the junction which has a subway connecting all seven platforms at present. The end-to-end foot overbridge would come up near the parcel office with a separate provision for escalator alongside the staircase.

The fund allocation presently was for the establishment of the staircase and additional allotment would be provided for the escalator that would come up in due course, Divisional Railway Manager P.V. Vaidialingam said on Monday

The planning process for this project was already on, Mr. Vaidialingam told reporters here exuding hope that the foot overbridge would be ready by March next year.

Replying to a query, Mr. Vaidialingam said the signal modification plan for platform 6 and 7 at the junction, which are being upgraded to broad gauge standards, had been approved. He expressed hope that the two platforms would be converted to BG standards during the current fiscal. One of the major factors which enabled Tiruchi railway division to bag the General Manager's Inter Divisional Overall Efficiency Shield after a gap of seven years was its excellent performance in the freight front, Mr. Vaidialingam said.

The division achieved 9.6 million tonnes in freight loading a month before the end of the 2011-12 financial year against the target of 8.5 million tonnes that was set in the last fiscal.

It also bagged among others operating efficiency shield, signal and telecommunication efficiency shield, and afforestation shield, and shared the passenger amenities works shield with the Madurai division.

He said the division carried 3.6 crore travellers and earned Rs. 202.3 crore on the passengers earning front during the 2011-12 financial year. Drop in equipment failures and effective monitoring and better controlling of trains enabled the division in improving the punctuality to 90 per cent in 2011-12 fiscal, he said.

Replying to a question, Mr. Vaidialingam said efforts would be made to operate passenger trains in the Mayiladuthurai–Tiruvarur section following its conversion to broad gauge.

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