Escalators Commissioned at Salem Railway Junction

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu commissioned the escalators at Salem railway junction connecting platforms 1 and 3/4 through video conferencing at a function held in Chennai on Sunday.

The facility has been created at an outlay of Rs. two crore.

Divisional Railway Manager Hari Shankar Verma unveiled the plaque and dedicated the escalators to public use at a function at the Salem junction after Mr. Suresh Prabhu commissioned the same.

The escalators are capable of handling about 9,000 persons per hour.

The Salem division has planned to install another escalator after completing the expansion works on platform No. 5.

Already, escalators are in place in Coimbatore junction. Salem is the second railway station to get this facility in Salem division. Works are under way to install lifts/escalators in Tirupur and Erode junctions and the works are expected to be completed before the year end.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Verma said that the division is according priority for the expedition of the pending projects.

At Salem junction, the work on the second entry on the other side has already commenced.

Referring to the petition presented by Namakkal MP P. R. Sundaram pleading for extension of the Chennai Egmore-Salem overnight express to Karur via Namakkal, Mr. Verma said that Railway Board has to give nod for any changes regarding the trains passing through zonal areas. However, he added that he has already forwarded the proposal to the Southern Railway headquarters for sending it to the Railway Board.

On the long pending demand of introduction of day time from Salem to Chennai via Attur, the DRM said that the proposal is pending with the Railway Board.

The proposals of operating a direct train in the Coimbatore – Bengaluru section from Vridhachalam to Chennai and extension of a couple of passenger trains are also pending.

Mr. Verma said that the Railways has given priority to the operation of passenger train services and in Salem division steps have been taken to ensure that all the passenger trains arrive and depart in time maintaining punctuality.

He said despite the best services provided by the Railways, there is a fall in the passenger traffic. This has led to cut in the railway earnings.

He appealed to the public to come forward to travel in trains in more numbers, and this will help in augmenting the railway revenue, which in turn will ensure implementation of more projects and create better amenities.

Replying to a question, the DRM said that the WiFi facility will be rolled out at Coimbatore junction, an A1 category station, soon.

Later it will be expanded to Salem and Erode.

SOURCE :The Hindu

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