Thiruvananthapuram (TVC): The Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager-designate Sunil Bajpai visited railway stations and related amenities in Kochi, on his maiden visit to the city on Saturday.
He is set to assume office on Monday. The incumbent DRM Rajesh Agrawal apprised him of the ongoing projects and those on the anvil.
Mr Agrawal told Mr Bajpai of initiatives like escalators that are installed at a few platforms at the station. Railway officials also apprised him of efforts underway to double the Ernakulam-Piravom Road track by March 31.
They spoke of how doubling works in Kottayam and Alappuzha are held up because of funds paucity and problems associated with sourcing mud. He also spoke of how a good share of tracks have been activated on Willingdon Island to augment transportation of coal, iron ore etc.
The DRM-designate was also taken through issues like scanty patronage for goods trains transporting containers from Vallarpadam container transshipment terminal. The proposal to revive the Ernakulam Railway Goods (ERG) station into a passenger terminus too figured in the talks. Here too, the Railways had put the onus on the State government to chip in with funds for the project and to remove encroachers. Mr Bajpai also visited Ernakulam Town and Harbour Terminus stations, yards at Katrikadavu and Irumpanam. Earlier, the two officials were accorded a reception at the Ernakulam Junction railway station by the All Kerala Railway Users’ Association. Ernakulam Area Manager P.L. Asok Kumar was among those present.