Passenger amenities have been improved at various stations
Passenger train service on the Salem — Karur broad gauge track would begin in second week of May, Sujatha Jayaraj, Salem Divisional Railway Manager said here on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters during the 58th Railway Week celebrations, she said that the Railway Board has given the clearance for operating trains after S.K. Mittal, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bangalore, carried out inspection on the 85-k.m. sector and submitted the report.
“Initially two passenger services each in the morning and evening would be operated, apart from running of Chennai — Madurai Duronto Express and Chennai — Palani Express trains announced in the budget,” she added.
Railway Board is yet to give permission for the two trains — Coimbatore — Mannargudi Express (Daily) and Coimbatore — Rameswaram Express (Weekly) — that were announced in the budget and also the origination trains from the division, she said.
Earlier, highlighting the performance of the division during the last financial year, Ms. Sujatha said that the overall earnings of the division stand at Rs. 504 crore which is about four crores more than the previous year.
“Passenger sector earnings have grown by eight per cent and arrival and departure of train timings have improved from 90 per cent to 92 per cent,” she added.
She also said that Rs. 12 crore had been spent for improving passenger amenities at various stations and the overall expenses have also been brought down by four per cent.
“The number of train accidents has come down to 7 when compared to 12, the previous year and of the total 99 unmanned level crossings in the division, 67 subways were sanctioned,” the DRM added.
Later she presented meritorious awards to 360 personnel, including 10 officers for their contributions to the growth of the division.
The Best Station (Major) award was bagged by Coimbatore Junction, while Best Station (Minor) was bagged by Morappur Station.
Additional Railway Divisional Manager V. Thavamani Pandian, Divisional Personnel Officer Shika Lal, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager D. Lakshmanan, Senior Divisional Engineer A. Rajkumar and employees were present.
Our Namakkal Staff Reporter adds:
Namakkal Municipal Chairman R. Karigalan said that he had petitioned the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and top officials in the Salem Railway Divisional Office, regarding the issue on Thursday.
He said that officials from Namakkal Municipality went there to make an appeal to railway officials to start passenger train service to Namakkal without delay so that parents can take their children to other places during the summer holidays.
“A request has also been made to increase the number of trains passing through Namakkal from then on to provide access to the people of this town to other parts of the country,” the Chairman added.
“We also asked them to take up the approach road laying works to help commuters reach the Namakkal Railway Station at ease and to lay the service lanes alongside railway over bridges on Tiruchi Road and Thuraiyur Road in Namakkal Town.
“The officials said that they will visit those places soon and take necessary steps to complete them,” Mr. Karigalan added.
It is learnt that the railway officials asked the municipality to take steps to get drinking water supply to the railway station.
To this the municipal representatives and officials are said to have stated that arrangements will be made after discussions with the district administration.
Overall earnings of Salem Railway Division stand at Rs. 504 crore this year Awards presented to 360 personnel for contribution to growth of division
Overall earnings of Salem Railway Division stand at Rs. 504 crore this year
Awards presented to 360 personnel for contribution to growth of division
Passenger sector earnings have grown by eight per cent this year: Sujatha Jayaraj