NER to run 3 DRM offices on solar power

LUCKNOW: In a major step towards energy conservation, the North Eastern Railway (NER) has decided to run its three offices of divisional railway managers (DRMs) on solar power. General manager UCD Shreni announced here on Wednesday that DRM offices of Lucknow, Izzatnagar and Varanasi would switch over to solar power from March 2011 onwards.

Apart from the three offices, one station building in each of the three divisions will also be run on solar energy. “Besides, NER has three UTS machines issuing unreserved tickets at Khalilabad station running on solar energy,” the GM said on Wednesday.

Among other steps towards energy conservation, Shreni said Railways had distributed around 60,000 CFLs free of cost to its employees. The CFLs were obtained free of cost on the basis of carbon credit. On the construction front, the GM said that doubling work over 108 km has been done. Bara Banki-Gorakhpur-Chhapra section would be fully doubled by June 2011.

Besides, he said that work on six `Adarsh Stations’ – Azamgarh, Mau, Ballia, Salempur, Sitapur and Pilibhit – has been completed. The work included improving building facade, entry/exit points and upgrading passenger amenities. Similarly, work at Gonda, Balrampur, Chhapra, Ramnagar and Basti will be completed by end of this year.

Gorakhpur Junction, which has been chosen to be developed as world class station has got cabway facility made functional from July 17 last. Railways will now provide it with escalators and lifts and increase the number of platforms from seven to ten. The station will have longest platform in the country after platform 1 and 2 are extended from 1,078 metres to 1,370 metres.

NER will man 150 unmanned level crossings (ULCs) and close down 60 others to prevent accidents. The GM spoke about the year-long plan. The projects which have been completed and which will be over this year were discussed by him.

Catchy stickers to educate passengers

LUCKNOW: The Government Railway Police (GRP) has roped in telecom companies to help it in its awareness generation drive. On Friday, two of the telecom companies handed over to GRP a set of hand bills and stickers containing information about GRP helplines and simple dos and don’ts for passengers. “The stickers are colourful and eye-catching,” said A K Jain, ADG (railways).

The GRP men pasted the stickers in some of the trains like Awadh Assam Express and at platforms so that passengers can read the printed information. On the other hand, Lucknow division of North Eastern Railway (NER) has urged passengers purchasing unreserved tickets from the UTS counters at stations of NER to be cautious.

The passengers have been urged to verify the details of the tickets that they buy. The last four digits of ticket number printed on the upper right hand corner of ticket should be checked and matched with the digits printed by the printer. If the two do not match, matter should be brought to the notice of booking supervisor/station manager. Railways has come across instances where booking clerks have been found involved in the fraud.

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