M'lore rly stn gets more facilities

Divisional Railway Manger S K Raina delivering the presidential address at the 142nd meeting of the Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee of Palakkad Division (DRUCC) held on Wednesday, said that an integrated security system will soon come up at Mangalore central station at an estimated cost of Rs 3.49 crores.

“There is a proposal to provide passenger lifts at Mangalore central station,” he added. During the year 2009 -10, Rs 17.28 crore were spent by the division for improving passenger amenity at various stations, he said. Works worth Rs 4 crore has already been completed and Rs 86 crore work are under progress.

In order to reduce peak time rush at counters, 16 Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks are already functioning and another will be commissioned soon. Allotment of additional 12 such agencies are under process. Division has 6 food plazas at Mangalore Central, Kannur, Kozhikode, Tirur, Shoranur and Palakkad Junction, he added.

Palakkad - Pollachi gauge conversion work is targeted for completion by 2011 and on completion of doubling work between Shoranur and Mangalore, Electrification of the section would begin and Rs 320 crores is sanctioned for this work, he informed.

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