Thursday, June 30, 2005

Passenger-friendly trains await you

Passenger-friendly trains await you
The Times of India

Bangalore: Despite a number of low-cost airlines invading the skies, most travellers still prefer trains. In fact, train travel has gone up by 25 per cent in the past three months.

South Western Railway divisional railway manager, Bangalore, Mahesh Kumar told reporters on Wednesday that passenger traffic has been steadily increasing.

With over 1.5 lakh passengers moving in and out of Bangalore City station daily, the emphasis is on additional coaches and improving infrastructure including more booking counters and passenger-friendly platforms.

Renovation of the City and Yeshwanthpur railway stations will be completed by March and work on the second building at city railway station will begin in three months.

On the Hassan-Mangalore gauge-conversion work, Kumar said it would be completed by September depending on the rain.

On Railway’s Agenda

Improving area outside City railway station;
widening of foot over-bridge towards platform 8;
end-to-end shelters at platforms; more toilets.
Concrete aprons at Yeshwanthpur station.
AC dormitory and AC waiting lounge at City station.
Electronic indication boards on platforms and seven additional booking counters.
12 additional platform ticket-vending machines at City, Yeshwanthpur and K.R. Puram stations.

All these will be completed by March 2006.


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