Construction of the second subway is almost ready with the installation of escalators completed recently, railway authorities are expected to commission this much awaited facility in the second week of December. Sources said that the first trial run of this facility was conducted on Tuesday night. More tests will be held to verify proper functioning of the infrastructure.
The escalator facility will connect all platforms with the subway, said an official. According to him, both the second subway and escalator facilities will be commissioned after inspection by senior officials during the first week of December.
Welcoming this development, passengers said that the facility once commissioned will be very useful, more so for senior citizens. The project is being commissioned after considerable delay. In future, railway authorities should take care in expediting works pertaining to basic infrastructure development, said G Jegadeesan, a train commuter.
Of the total railway budget of Rs.914cr under Passenger Amenities during 2013-14, Rs.46 crore was allotted toward provision of escalators for the current year in select railway stations in India, including Coimbatore junction which falls under A1 category
The second subway project constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.5.5cr will also serve as an additional entry and exit point
Officials said that once commissioned this will help ease heavy congestion in the existing subway. Projects such as skywalk and foot over bridge are on the anvil. They have also requested the Coimbatore Corporation to widen the approach road to the new subway via Thomas Club for the convenience of passengers
President of Coimbatore Rail Users’ Association, Jameel Ahamed, said that even though the escalator facility is a much needed one not all differently abled passengers can use it. Railway authorities should take appropriate steps in creating elevator facility for the benefit of differently-abled.