GM/Southern inspects railway stations on Salem-Karur section

Vashishta Johri (right), General Manager, Southern Railway, inspecting the Salem Railway Junction on Thursday. Shubhranshu, (second right), Divisional Railway Manager, Salem Railway Division, is in the picture
Vashishta Johri (right), General Manager, Southern Railway, inspecting the Salem Railway Junction on Thursday. Shubhranshu, (second right), Divisional Railway Manager, Salem Railway Division, is in the picture

Salem: Vashishta Johri, General Manager, Southern Railway, accompanied by principal heads of all the departments, conducted inspection of Salem Railway Junction and all other railway stations in the Salem–Namakkal–Karur section on Thursday.

Shubhranshu, Divisional Railway Manager, Salem, and other senior officials of the division, were also present during the inspection.

After inspecting the facilities on platform number 3 at the Salem Junction, the official team inspected the subway and the main entrance.

Later, they visited the Railway Hospital near the divisional office and made enquiries about various facilities for the benefit of the railway staff and their family members and the availability of lifesaving drugs.

Later, Mr. Johri set on in an inspection special. He inspected the entire track, railway level-crossing, rail over-bridges etc as part of annual inspection exercise. The team then travelled in an inspection special from Salem to Karur. At Mallur Railway Station, Mr. Johri and team inspected the foot over-bride, waiting hall, staff colony, toilet. The official was stopped at the level-crossing gate near the Mallur station when the GM inspected the condition of the gate. Later at Rasipuram Railway Station, the officials inspected the subways, functioning of mini reverse osmosis drinking water plant, and seating arrangements.

At Namakkal Railway Station, the officials inspected the road over-bridge in the vicinity of the station and other development works in progress, separate dustbins for depositing bio-degradable wastes and non bio-degradable wastes outside the station, computerised reservation centre etc. The team also inspected the facilities at Mohanur Railway Station, before heading towards Karur Junction. The officials and staff of different departments inspected the railway infrastructure, condition of the equipment, building premises etc of their respective departments. At all the railway stations, the officials inspected the various passenger amenities and also the safety aspects. The GM also listened to the grievances of the commuters and also received petitions from commuters and various organisations.

S.Anantharaman, Chief Operating Manager, Southern Railway, and S.S.Gupta, Principal Chief Engineer, Southern Railway, were among the senior officials who accompanied the GM. The members of the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union, led by M. Pandian, Salem Railway Divisional president, and M.Govindan, divisional secretary, received the GM.

Salem Railway Division playing vital role in tapping solar energy. Southern Railways is also trying to tap all alternative avenues in the power front

General Manager, Southern Railway, Vashishta Johri, said that the Southern Railway is going in a big way in tapping and using non-conventional energy sources such as solar energy in all its activities.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday after inspecting the Salem Railway Junction, he said the Division is playing a vital role in tapping solar energy. Southern Railways is trying to tap all alternative avenues in the power front.

When his attention was drawn to the fact that the coaches of the Chennai Egmore – Tiruchi Rockfort Express and the Chennai Egmore – Thanjavur ‘Uzhavan’ Express being kept idle for the whole day in Tiruchi and Thanjavur respectively and the plea of the commuters to operate regular trains from Salem to Tiruchi/Thanjavur using these coaches, the General Manager replied that maintenance work of these coaches is done during the day time.

He said that the Railways have taken steps for upgrading the Railway Hospital in Erode. When asked whether the Railway Hospital in Salem too will be upgraded, Mr. Johri said that the railway employee population in Erode is much bigger compared to Salem due to the presence of various railway units in Erode.

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