'Overall Efficiency Shield' to Mysore Division

Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal inaugurating the 56th Railway Week at the Divisional Headquarters in Mysore on Tuesday. DRM B B Verma and others are seen. DH photoMysore Division (MD) has won the ‘Overall Efficiency Shield’, while Mysore Railway Station has bagged the ‘Best Maintained Major Station’ at the 56th Railway Week Celebrations of South Western Railway (SWR), said B B Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, MD, SWR.

Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, he said that division had also won several individual awards including ‘Electrical Efficiency Shield’, ‘Engineering Efficiency Shield’, ‘Medical Efficiency Shield’, ‘Operating Efficiency Shield’, ‘Personnel Efficiency Shield’ and ‘Inter-railway Rajbhasha Shield’, and ‘Best Maintained Major Station’ award.

Verma said that the division had won the ‘Commercial Efficiency Shield’ for the third consecutive year, while it had shared the ‘Inter Railway Safety Shield’ with Bangalore.

Passenger earnings

Disclosing the annual figures for 2010-11, Verma said that the division had achieved 4.84 per cent more in passenger earnings taking the revenue to Rs 141.11 crore as compared to Rs 134.6 crore during the previous year.

He said that the number of passengers had grown by 10 per cent from 431.03 lakh to 474.13 lakh. Similarly other coaching shared an increase of almost 40 per cent and sundries by 71 per cent, he added.

Freight loading

Varma mentioned that ban of export of iron ore since August 2010, caused losses in freight earnings.

 Despite that the division had loaded almost five million tonnes of freight traffic earning a revenue of Rs 429.86 crore.

Punctuality

Pointing out that the division had achieved 78.64 per cent in respect of mail and express trains, the punctuality was 84 per cent in respect of passenger trains.

Safety

While a total of 10 accidents have been reported during the current year as compared to 13 of last year, the accidents at unmanned LC gates have come down to nil.

Escalator

While an escalator to connect platforms one and two is on the anvil, Varma said the project hadn’t taken shape as no contractors had come forward to take up the work.

KRS road

Commenting on the road repair work being undertaken on KRS Road, Divisional Railway Manager, Mysore Division, South Western Railway, B B Verma said that work had been completed by the railways. However, the pending work had to be completed by the Public Works Department and Mysore City Corporation. He said that if the work wasn’t completed by monsoon, it could become ‘death trap’.

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