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Station alert in AC coaches soon

Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Southern Railway is planning to introduce `Station Alert' boards operated by Global Positioning System (GPS), in air-conditioned chair car coaches in all important trains, Thomas Vargheese, General Manager of Southern Railway, said here on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters along with Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad, A.K. Harit, Mr.Vargheese said that the train alert display had already been introduced in two trains in Kerala.

To step up security, the Southern Railway was equipping all its phone numbers with calling line identification gadgets, besides installing surveillance cameras to be manned by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.

Cameras

All important stations and divisional headquarters, besides Calicut and Coimbatore, would get these cameras, as well as sniffer dog squads for conducting searches for explosives.

Touch and feel passenger amenities were planned in terms of cyber cafes and giant size display boards besides landscaping, gardening, improvements to concourse, circulating area and platforms at Coimbatore, Erode, Palakkad, Calicut and Mangalore railway stations.

Mr.Vargheese said that Southern Railway was planning to introduce Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) in 70 more places with 11 in stations coming under Palakkad division.

He also pointed out that the demand for Passenger Reservation System (PRS) computerised ticket counters had been on the rise. With introduction of e-ticketing facility and various other innovative modes in the planning stage, the need for visiting the counter was coming down.

Counters

Hence, there was a need for re-examining the idea of opening more PRS counters. Above all, every PRS counter has a norm that there should be 130 transactions per shift per counter to justify the manpower required for PRS counters, he added.

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