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Development talk:Divisional Railway Manager Rajiv Dutt Sharma inaugurating the 56th Railway Week celebrations at the divisional headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The doubling works in the Mavelikara-Chengannur, Kayamkulam-Cheppad, and Cheppad-Haripad sections and work on platform six at Ernakulam Junction (railway station) will be completed this financial year, Divisional Railway Manager, Rajiv Dutt Sharma has said.
Speaking at the 56th Railway Week celebrations at the Divisional Headquarters here on Thursday, Mr. Sharma said the work on the subway being constructed at Edappally, connecting the new lines with the Vallarpadom yard, was progressing. The two additional pit lines and platforms, coming up at Kochuveli, will reduce congestion at Thiruvananthapuram Central.
Although the division is running short of pit lines, stabling lines, platform lines and path for trains, more and more trains are being introduced. In the last six years, 31 new trains were introduced in this division, he said. The division is handling about 1,600 holiday special trains annually to various destinations and carries about 2.60 lakh of passengers each day.
The division had earmarked Rs.13 crore for passenger amenities during 2010-11. The work on 14 Adarsh stations had been completed. The work on new foot bridges at Thiruvananthapuram Central will be taken up this year. Work on foot bridges were in progress at Eraniel, Kuzhithurai, Valliyoor, Nanguri, and Mayyanad. The work on lift and escalator at Thiruvananthapuram and Chengannur will be completed this year. A launderette each will be commissioned in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam, Mr. Sharma said. A drinking water plant had been proposed at Cheriyanad on a public-private partnership mode.
Mr. Sharma said a modified signal system will be installed at the Pettah railway station to enable stoppage to incoming mail/express trains there and to avoid long wait at ‘the outer' of the Central station. Six stations will be upgraded as Adarsh stations and unreserved ticketing system (UTS) had been proposed at Mulanthuruthy, Karukutty, Sengulam, Balaramapuram, Kuruppunthara, Kochuveli, and Nemom.
The Divisional Railway Manager said the track renewal train (TRT) could cover 19.557 km this year and the target was 22 km.
Intensive ticket checking with the support of the Railway Protection Force had resulted in substantial growth in ticket-checking earnings. It was Rs.393.15 lakh up to March 2011 as against Rs.345 lakh in the corresponding period last year.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager V. Rajaveen welcomed the gathering. The programme began with a cultural show. As many as 343 individual and 38 group awards were given away at the function. N. Govindan, Senior Divisional Personal Officer, proposed a vote of thanks.
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