Railways moot suburban corridor, automatic signalling

A suburban corridor and automatic signalling have been mooted by the Railways to introduce more trains and Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMU) to end hardship faced by commuters, especially short-distance commuters.

Participating at a meet-the-press of the Press Club here on Wednesday, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rajesh Agrawal said the Railways had submitted a proposal to the government on automatic signalling, which could be justified only for such corridors.

Thiruvananthapuram is an ideal location for setting up a suburban corridor and the first one could be Thiruvananthapuram–Kayamkulam. Taking into account the special situation in the State and the overdependence on trains, the DRM said special passenger trains and air-conditioned MEMU services would have to be operated for short-distance commuters.

In reply to a question on the fate of the coaching depot at Nemom, the DRM said the proposal was still under consideration. “The division will move ahead with the proposal,” he added.

On the crackdown on season ticket travellers in reserved coaches of long-distance mail and express trains, Mr. Agrawal said complaints from reserved travellers had compelled Railways to take strict action. He said travellers should reserve tickets or travel in de-reserved coaches.

To a query on the shortage of travelling ticket examiners and stationmasters, Mr. Agrawal said accountability-levels had increased and hence the station masters were required to do additional jobs and take up additional responsibilities. “There will be opposition and some levels of discomfort, but everything has been done objectively. But if need be, additional staff will be provided,” he added.

Detailing on the upgrade of facilities at the Kochuveli and Kazhakuttam railway stations, the DRM said Kochuveli had been upgraded from level D to B category.


WR turns to IIT for tips on increasing services

Western Railway (WR) has approached IIT-Bombay, asking the experts for suggestions on how to increase services on the suburban corridor.

WR runs 1,250 services, of which 1,116 are 12-car, 14 are 15-car and 120 are 9-car. But the facility does not seem to be enough for 36 lakh commuters who avail of the facility every day. At a commuter interface meeting, organized by Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam in Borivli, some passengers requested WR’s general manager Mahesh Kumar to increase the number of services. Besides, they also asked for the installation of escalators at Borivli station and an increase in the height of platforms to cut down on the gap with train footboards.

“We have done our best in the past few months to squeeze in as many services as possible. However beyond a point, it becomes difficult to introduce more trains because of the limitations in the time-table,” Kumar said. “We have requested IIT-Bombay to explore the possibility of starting new services by improving the frequency of trains. We have given them all the data and information that had been sought. We are likely get the report by June.”

IIT-B’s operations research department will also conduct a study to suggest technical measure to improve the railway’s functioning. For example, the study will suggest if the inter-signaling distance can be relocated or changes can be made at crossover points where trains shift from one track to another.


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