: Despite closure of several sections for gauge conversion works in Madurai railway division, the total earnings of the division have seen a significant growth this year (upto December), its Manager A.K. Goel has said.
Hoisting the national flag here on Thursday on the occasion of 63rd Republic Day, Mr. Goel said that the total earnings including all (up to December) was Rs. 374 crore as against Rs.332 crore in the previous year. The earnings in the first nine months of the fiscal included Rs. 209 crore in passenger traffic and Rs.142 crore in goods traffic.
The Division could achieve a positive growth in the earnings despite the closure of five sections like Dindigul-Pollachi, Punalur- Shencottah, Tirunelveli-Tenkasi, Virudhunagar-Manamadurai, Madurai-Bodi for gauge conversion. The gauge conversion work in Virudhunagar-Manamadurai was progressing in full swing and would be opened for traffic shortly. Dindigul-Palani section has been completed and planned for inspection of Commissioner of Railway Safety. The frequency of Tiruchendur-Chennai Egmore Chendur Express was increased to daily from weekly and the Madurai-Dwaraka-Madurai Vivek weekly Express was introduced, he added. On Railway electrification, Mr. Goel said overhead equipment works in Dindigul-Madurai double line would be completed soon. Similarly, electrification work was in progress in Madurai-Vanchi Maniyachchi section in fast pace.
Railway Protection Force contingent, Scouts and Guides, NCC cadets and students of Railway Mixed Higher Secondary School presented a guard of honour to the DRM. RPF commandos performed motorcycle stunts. Additional Divisional Railway Manager V. Ajith Kumar, former ADRM T. Venkatasubramanian, Divisional Security Commissioner M. Ramesh, trade union representatives were present.