The Southern Railways will be giving a major facelift to the Thiruvalla railway station soon.
According to Railway sources, the platform development and beautification work will be completed in a time-bound manner, along with the ongoing rail doubling work.
The Railways have included Thiruvalla in its development plan for 2016-’17, taking into consideration the heavy passenger traffic and its importance as the only railway station in the district that houses south India’s famous pilgrimage centre of Sabarimala.
Official sources told The Hindu that battery-operated buggy services would be introduced at the Thiruvalla railway station, once the platform development and rail-doubling work was completed.
The battery-operated cars would be used for free ferrying of the elderly passengers and the physically challenged, sources said.
Total roofing of all the platforms and providing comfortable seating facility for passengers at all the four platforms would be another major development project sanctioned for Thiruvalla.
The Railways would also set up a covered vehicle parking area near the Railway Mail Service complex, besides an upper class waiting room and VIP lounge at the railway station.
Modification of the general waiting room, ladies’ waiting room, and the concourse at the entrance were the other projects to be completed in a time-bound manner, sources said.
Installation of two escalators connecting all the four platforms at the railway station would be another major initiative planned for 2016-’17.
The Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, P.J. Kurien, has taken up various issues relating to allotting of stoppages for certain major trains at Thiruvalla with Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu.
Prof Kurien further stressed the grave need to improve the passenger amenities as well as developing Thiruvalla into a major railway station in Kerala.