Retiring rooms, waiting hall, dormitory among the facilities
A new model station building with a number of additional passenger amenities has come up at the Ambur Railway Station at a cost of Rs. 1.17 crore. More improvement works to the railway station are in various stages of completion.
The building, which was inaugurated on Saturday, houses two retiring rooms – one AC and another non-AC – an upper class waiting room, a waiting hall and a dormitory. It consists of ground and first floor and is spread over 575 square metres.
Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, Southern Railway, S. Anantharaman, said the present model station building work was sanctioned in 2009-2010. The works involved extension of platforms two and three by three coach lengths, increasing the platform level from rail level to high level and another platform from medium level to high level including paving of the platform.
“An important work of providing coach guidance system at Ambur was also sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 26.30 lakh. An attractive entry arch has been completed and 190 energy-efficient T5 fittings have been commissioned. New lighting arrangements and coach indication boards have been provided. This work amounting to Rs. 1.65 crore has been completed,” he explained.
Improvements to circulating areas such as parking, platform surface, construction of pay and use toilets complex, provision of platform shelters and landscaping were in various stages of completion at a cost of Rs. 96 lakh, he pointed out.
In fact, the Railways have more proposals including improvements to platform surface and other amenities such as additional seating arrangements and provision of water booths at Rs. 93 lakhs for the station, he said, adding that a total of Rs. 3.13 crore has been allotted for improvement to Ambur station.
Earnings at Ambur
Mr. Anantharaman said Ambur, which was an important station located in the Chennai division, has an average earning of Rs. one lakh per day and a gross earning of Rs. 3.58 crore annually.
On an average, 1,800 tickets and 10 season tickets are sold in a day at the station. It deals with close to 2,000 passengers per day and consists of a passenger reservation system inaugurated in 2007. “Today, Ambur does on an average of 205 transactions involving 320 passengers accounting for an earning of almost Rs. one lakh per day. In keeping with the importance of Ambur, it was declared as model station and classified as a “B” category station from the point of view of earnings,” he stated.
Ten pairs of mail and express and two pairs of passenger trains stop at Ambur providing connectivity to Bangalore, Tirupattur, Mysore, Sathyasai Prasanthi Nilayam, Erode, Coimbatore and Tirupati.