Chennai (MAS): A slew of small additions and changes to suburban stations in Chennai and on its outskirts, was announced by the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Anupam Sharma recently. The projects have been targetted for completion in the current financial year to bring relief to lakhs of daily commuters.
Two major issues that have been highlighted by passenger associations are provision of platform shelters and lengthening of platforms to accomodate 12 car EMUs as opposed to the current nine car. Railway officials said that shelters would be provided at Tambaram, Pallavaram, St Thomas Mount, Guduvancherry and Vandalur stations in the coming year. Platforms on five stations between Korattur, Pattabiram and seven stations between Egattur and Puliyamangalam on Chennai-Arakkonam section will be extended. “We have been demanding 12 car EMUs instead of nine car as the number of commuters has increased. For that, the platforms need to be extended, the ADRM told us,” said S Mohanram, a rail passenger association member. Apart from this, the sectional speed on this route will be increased from 70 kmph toto 100kmph, Sharma said.
Annanur railway station near Avadi, will get a new Foot-Over-Bridge (FOB), and elevated booking offices are planned at Mambalam, Kodambakkam and Guindy stations. As for North Chennai, a vehicular pedestrian subway in lieu of a level crossing between Korukkpet and Washermanpet will be completed in this year.
Sharma listed a few amenities that were provided in other stations in the North Chennai suburbs in the previous year, like retiring and first class waiting halls at Sullurpeta, and a new booking office in Kathivakkam and Wimco Nagar.