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Master plan for Thrissur railway station ready

Staff Reporter

It will be submitted to Railway Ministry soon, says P.C. Chacko

—Photo: K.K. Najeeb

Setting his priorities: P.C. Chacko, MP, interacts with senior railway officials at the Thrissur railway station on Saturdaty.

Thrissur: A master plan for development of Thrissur Railway Station will be submitted to the Railway Ministry soon, P.C. Chacko, MP, has said. He was speaking after a review meeting with Railway authorities, including Additional Divisional Railway Manager Asok Kumar, Divisional Engineer Vijay Singh and Senior Signal and Telecommunication Engineer Viswanathan Nair here on Saturday.

The plan would include widening of roads on eastern and western sides of the railway station, a full-fledged second terminal on the western side and renovation of reservation counter and touch-screen facilities at counters and platforms. “Immediate steps will be taken to ease heavy rush at ticket counters. All the five existing counters will be made functional soon. At least five more employees are needed for smooth functioning of the station,” Mr. Chacko pointed out.

The long-pending demand for a second terminal will get priority in the plan. “It will have ticket counters. The foot overbridges will be extended up to the new terminal and the existing gate will be widened. A second terminal will reduce rush at the main entrance

considerably.”

Land acquisition would be initiated soon to extend the platform at the western side, he added.

A new rail line up to Poonkunnam station was also on the anvil. Old railway quarters buildings and other structures have to be demolished to widen roads on the eastern side of the station.

The other demands included a halt for Kochuveli Express at Thrissur, extension of some passenger trains and additional foot-overbridge. The Maharaja Guest House on the railway station premises would be preserved as a heritage structure, Mr. Chacko said. The guest house, built in 1902, has stained glass, Belgium tiles and the royal emblem of the then Kochi Raja.

The district promotion council has prosposed to convert the centre into a tourism information centre.

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