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More amenities for Pattabiram railway station

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI DEC. 7. Work on laying additional lines on the Pattabiram-Tiruvallur and Pattabiram-Arakkonam sections at a cost of Rs. 78 crores would begin soon, the Minister of State for Railways, A.K.Moorthy, said today.

The project would help in meeting the increased traffic, Mr. Moorthy said, opening a booking office at Villivakkam.

Passenger amenities at the Pattabiram and Puliamangalam stations would be improved at a cost of Rs 1.2 crores. The Railways would take a decision during the current financial year on constructing a foot over bridge or a subway at the Villivakkam level crossing to ease congestion.

Mr. Moorthy said development work, including construction of over bridges, raising and widening of platforms and provision of platform shelter, had already been initiated at several stations including Sevvapet, Perambur and Pattaravakkam.

The Divisional Railway Manager, M.S. Jayanth, said Rs. 29 lakhs would be allotted for improving passenger amenities at Villivakkam station.

Later, the Minister laid a foundation stone for the construction of a platform shelter at Pattabiram and inaugurated a booking centre at Tiruvallur railway station.

During an interaction with the public at Tiruvallur, the Minister said about Rs. 30 lakhs had been allotted for the improvement of infrastructure at the station.

A representation was submitted to the Minister for opening a computerised reservation centre for the benefit of over two lakh commuters. The MLA, D. Sudarsanam, suggested that express trains, including those proceeding to Mysore, Mumbai and Kovai, be halted at Tiruvallur to facilitate better access to service by the commuters. The North Chennai MP, C. Kuppusami, appealed to the Minister to speedily complete the facilities for the north-western fringes of the city.

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