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NEW LOOK: A retiring room at the Madurai railway station.
NEW LOOK: A retiring room at the Madurai railway station.

S. Vijay Kumar

A passengers’ paradise with elegant interiors, twin AC units, TV set

MADURAI: Mundane ambience, worn out mattresses, untidy bedspreads… All these are things of the past when it comes to railway retiring rooms. As part of the ongoing modernisation programme, Southern Railway has sanctioned funds for renovation of retiring rooms at par with industry standards.

In Madurai Division, the frontline managers seem to have taken star hotels as the benchmark. Retiring rooms here will now be a passengers’ paradise what with modern furniture, twin AC units, television, elegant interiors and catering services linked with the food plaza’s multi-cuisine restaurant — all this for just Rs. 750.

“We have taken up this project as a passenger amenity improvement scheme. Twenty-two retiring rooms in Madurai will be upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs.28 lakh. Intercom facility with connectivity to restaurants, security and other services will be available,” Divisional Railway Manager Hemant Kumar said on Saturday.

Retiring rooms in other major stations in the division will be taken up for renovation in a phased manner. The main corridor of the retiring rooms will be covered by surveillance cameras linked to the closed circuit television network of the Railway Protection Force to prevent entry of unauthorised persons.

“We want to make no compromise in the quality of service. The tariff fixed for this ambience is perhaps the cheapest in the city,” he added.

Apart from this, a meditation room for engine drivers has been constructed in the Railway Colony.

Outstation drivers coming to Madurai on duty can use the meditation centre, which also has a music system.

The facility created as per the Railway Board’s directive is expected to manage the stress level of drivers.

A.P. Mishra, Southern Railway Additional General Manager and Director of Public Grievances, visited the renovated retiring rooms and meditation centre on Saturday.

He also held discussions with senior railway officials on the performance of the division on various fronts.

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