TAMIL NADU

SCR to adopt anti-collision device on two sectors

HYDERABAD, DEC. 30. The SCR would be pressing into service anti-collision device on the Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam sectors on March 1. Disclosing this at a felicitation function, Mr.Krithivasan, general manager of the SCR, who is laying down office on Monday, said on Sunday that better cooperation between the SCR and the State Government had led to an additional allocation of Rs.200 crores from the Centre recently.

The SCR had created several records in revenue augmentation and other areas of performance owing to the contribution of excellent officers heading various departments, he said. Cooperation between the rail and road transport systems was essential to provide a highly complimentary suburban service to the benefit of commuters.

The Governor, Dr. C. Rangarajan, hailing the contribution of Mr. Krithivasan to the Indian Railways, said safety was primary while speed should be promoted in running the trains. Ticketless travel, thefts and accidents at unmanned level crossings were some areas where public cooperation would be extremely beneficial.

He said it was good coincidence that Mr. Krithivasan, who began his career as an assistant engineer at Rajahmundry for the construction of the Godavari bridge (second), was retiring from service as GM of the SCR of which Rajahmundry was a part. The Governor was all praise for the SCR Public Relations Wing and said they were doing their job very well.

The Governor couple felicitated Mr. Krithivasan and Ms. Meenakshi Krithivasan with shawls and mementos.

Mr. C. Ramakrishna, additional general manager, read out the citation listing the achievements of Mr. Krithivasan.

Mr. P. Krishnaiah, CPRO, welcomed and Mr. F. R. Michael, PRO, proposed a vote of thanks.

The Governor released three cassettes containing telefilms for rail-users' benefit. The excellently-produced films contain themes promoting safe travel and tips to commuters in a lighter vein. One such film bringing in mythological characters, Lord Yama and his deputy Chitragutpa, into the theme to caution people about the risks at unmanned level crossings which was filmed was applauded. The short films are brought out in Telugu, Kannada and Marathi.

Another highlight was the Governor giving a standing ovation to the outgoing GM along with the officials. The similarity drawn by the Governor of the GM holding charge of two zones (SCR and SER) just like him -- two States -- also was well received.

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