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More railway stations to get indication boards

Apart from Madurai junction, stations such as Dindigul and Rameswaram would soon get coach and platform indication boards, said Divisional Railway Manager Sunil Kumar Garg here on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, he listed a number of on-going works in the division. The platform and coach indication boards would help passengers to identify the coach easily. It would be made available even in smaller stations in due course.

A state-of-the-art RO (reverse osmosis) water plant would be established in Madurai railway junction. On-board housekeeping was available in four pairs of express trains. Though a provision had been made for keeping garbage in polythene bags in the vestibules of reserved coaches, awareness had to be created among passengers to use them.

Electrification of Madurai-Tuticorin-Tirunelveli sections had resulted in savings of Rs. 25 crore to the division. As many as 34 express trains and six passenger trains were hauled on AC traction, thus helping the division in reduced fuel expenses.

Though smart cards were introduced in 27 stations this year through 50 automatic ticket vending machines, the response was not encouraging. In all, close to 1,000 cards had been sold so far bringing in a meagre Rs. 83 lakh. Through smart cards, tickets could be bought for friends and relatives by the holder, who can re-charge it as and when required.

“Instead of waiting to buy tickets at counters, one can use smart cards. This is something like withdrawing cash from an ATM instead of going to a bank…” he said.

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