KERALA

South station to get a facelift

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Passengers can expect better amenities at the Ernakulam Junction station since the Railways propose to convert it into a world-class station. The station wears a dreary look now, since the concourse is very narrow, and many platforms do not have even basic amenities and proper lighting.

The parking area too is small. The construction wing of the Railways has for long been demanding more funds for the upkeep of the station and to build a modern station building. Commissioning the sixth platform and taking over the GCDA-owned building on the eastern side would give a new face to the most important station in the district. The station also does not have modern trolleys and attenders to move luggage in bulk.

The situation at the Ernakulam Town station is worse and the second platform there does not even have full roofing. The need to develop the eastern entry to the station and widen the access road did not find mention in Wednesday’s budget. Though funds have been earmarked to double the Ernakulam-Kumbalam stretch in the Alappuzha route, much needs to be done to complete doubling work.

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