Mysore Railway division earnings up by 6 per cent

Mysore Railway division earnings up by 6 per cent

Mysore Division of South Western Railway in the first three months of the current financial year (2012-13) Mysore Division has carried 13.3 million passengers (April to June) in comparison to 12.8 million passengers in the corresponding period of last year.

The passenger earnings in this period (April-June 2012) stood at Rs 43.16 crore- up by 6 per cent compared to last year. The overall earnings up to end of June 2012 are Rs 148.86 crore. The division has transported 1.69 million tonnes of freight traffic in the current year (April-June) which is about 8.33 per cent more than last year, which is a significant increase in the backdrop of ban on movement of iron ore for export.

Vinod Kumar, divisional railway manager, Mysore and chairman of Divisional Users’ Consultative Committee Meeting (DRUCC), highlighted the financial performance and other details, while welcoming the members, at the 19th DRUCC meeting here on Saturday. This is the second meeting of the present forum, according to a press release from SWR.

Punctuality

Meanwhile, members from various fields like trade and industry, passenger associations, special interest groups including nominees Members of Parliament in the territorial jurisdiction of Mysore Railway Division who attended the meeting, have asked the Railways to focus more on punctuality of trains, cleanliness and manning of reserved coaches in inter-city trains between Bangalore and Mysore, and speedy completion of ongoing passenger amenity works, including level crossing gates.  They have also requested railways to bring about perceptible change in the hygiene level at catering units. Inadequate lighting facility on platform 5 and at II entry was also brought up by a member.

The chairman has assured the members that all necessary steps would be taken to look into the subjects raised by members and remedial measures initiated duly taking into account the various aspects like operational feasibility, economic viability, etc.

In the forefront

Mysore Division was in the forefront in introducing computer-bases advanced reservation centers, unreserved ticketing systems and appointment of Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sewaks in city areas for dispensation of unreserved tickets, he said.

The chairman also stated that three new trains were flagged off by Minister of State for Railways recently connecting Mysore with two historically important pilgrim centers of Shirdi and Shravanabelagola. The long pending demand of another train to Chamarajanagar has also been fulfilled. Another daily train from Mysore to Birur will also be introduced shortly, said the release.

Vinod Kumar touched upon the various initiatives being taken by the division for enhancement of customer satisfaction by system improvement and innovations.

Some of the projects in the pipeline include video- based complaints and grievances registration Kiosks, multi-lingual microprocessor based LED destination boards for passenger-carrying trains, escalators and air-conditioned dormitory at Mysore station.

Landscaping, provision of battery operated vehicles for senior citizens and physically challenged persons at all important stations on the division, are also planned for execution in the coming days, added the release.

Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu, senior divisional commercial manager and secretary DRUCC, proposed a vote of thanks, said the release.

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