Railways launch major development works in State

Touch-screen facility launched at Changanassery railway station

Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: A major development effort by the Railways was launched at the Changanassery railway station. The first of the development works, a passenger information touch-screen facility was commissioned on Tuesday by Thomas Varghese, general manager, Southern Railway.

He also opened the renovated waiting hall and the upper-class waiting hall on the occasion. He opened the newly constructed circulating area and also laid the foundation stone for the Concourse area.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Mr. Varghese said the railways would spend Rs.20 lakhs for raising the platform at Changanassery and Rs.27 lakhs for improving the parking facility. The touch-screen facility would be extended to Kottayam, Chengannur, and Kollam stations soon, he said. A centralised call centre for passengers in Thiruvananthapuram is also on the pipeline he said.

Mr. Varghese said the doubling of lines between Shoranur and Mangalore will be completed before March next and that between Ernakulam and Mulanthuruthy would be commissioned in the next financial year. The railways have included the proposal for doubling of the Mulanthuruthy-Kuruppanthara stretch in the supplementary railway budget, he added.

He expressed satisfaction at the rate of progress of the doubling work on the Kayamkulam-Mavelikkara-Chengannur section and said that land acquisition for the purpose had been completed.

The gauge conversion work on Punalur-Kollam line will be completed by March next. Mr Varghese also pointed out that a plan has been drawn up to increase the length of platforms to hold 24 coaches.

The anti-collision devices for ensuring zero-level accidents would soon be installed in the Chennai-Ernakulam section, he said. There are also plans to man nine unmanned level-crossings under the Thiruvananthapuram division, Mr Varghese said.

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