Passenger, freight traffic have also increased
Salem Railway Division of Southern Railways has not only increased its earnings by 15 per cent to the tune of Rs. 358 crore when compared to the last year's but has also exceeded its present target of Rs. 340 crore by 5 per cent, said Sujatha Jayaraj, Salem Divisional Railway Manager.
After hoisting the National tri-colour on the premises of Divisional Office here on Thursday, Ms. Sujatha said that the number of passengers handed by the Division had also gone up by 10.32 per cent at 2.80 crore passengers.
On the freight traffic front, the Division had performed excellently well by transporting 1,493 million tonnes of goods, which was 23 per cent higher than last year.
On the passenger amenities side, she said many developmental works such as providing PF shelters at stations, renovation of retiring rooms, improvement to approach roads, electronic and video display boards, GPRS based ‘Spot Your Train' systems, commissioning of dormitory at Erode Junction, a new passenger reservation building at Tiruppur etc. were being undertaken to the tune of Rs. 12 crore.
She also pointed out that the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam passenger train was being operated as regular train while Trichy-Karur passenger had also been extended so that it would run on Sundays.
In addition to this, the Divisional Railway Manager also said that proposals had been sent to Railway Board for new train services such as Karur-Namakkal-Salem-Chennai, Coimbatore-Bangalore and Coimbatore-Rameshwaram overnight express trains.
She congratulated the officers and staff of the Salem Railway Division for their efforts in improving the quality of train services in the region.
Earlier she also accepted the guard of honour by the Railway Police Force (RPF) battalion. Cultural programme by the Railway Protection Force staff, children from Railway Schools and staff of Salem Division was also staged as part of the celebrations. Saplings were also planted to mark the occasion.
Cultural shows by railway staff and Railway School children organised