HUBLI: The Hubballi division of South Western Railway plans to commission the 30-km railway line between Bagalkot-Kajjidoni shortly as inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has been completed.
Delivering the Independence Day speech at the divisional office at Keshwapur here, Divisional Railway Manager Arun Jain said that the division had completed 29 kilometres of line doubling on the Shivthan-Londa-Tinaighat and Koppal-Bhanapur route during the current financial year.
“Also, 89 kilometres of new line has now been opened for passenger service from Rayadurg to Kadiridevarapalli and Ginigera to Chikkabenakal,” he said.
Mr. Jain said that the division had registered an increase of 8.10% in earnings from passenger fare by carrying 136 lakh passengers for a revenue of Rs. 121 crore in the first four months this year.
The division had also earned Rs. 952 crore by loading 12.19 million tonnes of freight during the same period, he said.
He said that 12 long-distance trains of the Hubballi division had been provided with On-Board House Keeping Service in which passenger complaints regarding cleanliness were addressed immediately by the staff.
Students of Railway High School, South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation School, and volunteers of Bharat Scouts and Guides presented various dance programmes.
Cash awards were also presented to the employees for their outstanding performance on the occasion.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager R.C. Punetha, several senior officials and office-bearers of South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation were present.