MADURAI/DINDIGUL: Thiru Dindigul C. Sreenivasan, Hon’ble Minister for Forests, Government of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated Lifts, Wi-fi services and Extension of Foot Over Bridge at Dindigul Jn. Railway station today (03.06.2018). Thiru M. Udhayakumar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, presided over the function. Ms. Neenu Ittyerah, Divisional Railway Manager, Thiru P.V. Muralikrishna, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Madurai Division and other Senior railway officials participated in the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Thiru Dindigul Sreenivasan said, the lift facility will be very useful for senior citizens, people with disabilities, women with kinds and passengers with heavy luggage. The introduction of free Wi-Fi services in Dindigul Jn. is some good news for the netizens he pointed out. The extension of Foot Over Bridge will be much helpful to the passengers and to avoid to walk on the track to reach the other side of the platform. The Minster also appreciated the initiatives of Divisional Railway Manger, Madurai division, to bring various developments in the station. The facilities provided today at Dindigul Jn. railway station will largely benefit the people of Dindigul as well as the visiting tourists bound for Kodaikanal.
Speaking on the occasion Thiru M. Udhayakumar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament said, Railways is focusing on better passenger amenities, Lifts, Wi-fi services and Extension of FOB at Dindigul Jn. railway station are another step in this direction.
Ms. Neenu Ittyerah, Divisional Railway Manager, in her welcome address, pointed out that Indian Railways has more than 8500 Stations. It has always been the endeavour of the Railways to provide adequate amenities to the passengers at the stations. Certain amenities are provided at the time of construction of new stations based on anticipated volume of traffic. Amenities are further augmented from time to time with growth in passenger traffic handled at stations, on the basis of the need felt, expectations of the travelling public and availability of funds.
The Division has a positive start in the month of April 2018 in terms of commercial performance by dealing 42 lakh passengers as against 36 lakh during the corresponding period duly fetching an earnings on passenger front of Rs. 41.61 crores as against Rs.37.77 crores in the last fiscal. Over all Divisions earnings has also gone up in April with Rs. 61.82 crores as against Rs.54.14 crores in the corresponding period. Punctuality of express trains and passenger trains have been maintained with 92.8% and 91.5% respectively. In order to clear summer rush, 253 special trains have been operated for the convenience of the travelling public.
In the recent past, Indian Railways have taken various steps to improve passenger services such as provision of Lifts and Escalators at the stations for facilitating movement across platforms, Battery Operated Vehicles for carrying passengers before/after the train journey, especially senior citizens and persons with disabilities, Yatri Mitra Sewa for passengers requiring wheel-chair assistance, well appointed Retiring Rooms, Waiting Halls and Executive Lounges to relax for passengers during transit and Wi-fi facility on important stations.
Installation of Lifts at Railway station Platforms mitigates Railways’ commitment to our customers. At Dindigul Junction, 3 passenger lifts, one at Platform No.1, 2 / 3 and Platform No.4 & 5 have been constructed at a total cost of Rs.1.5 crores, Senior citizens, differently-abled and sick passengers will now be able to access the Platforms safely and conveniently.
With the new Wi-fi facility provided, passengers at Dindigul Jn. railway station will now be able to easily access the internet for various things. Wi-fi can be accessed at the station concourse, platforms and waiting halls.
With the extension of Foot Over Bridge and the provision of lifts at Dindigul Jn. from platform No.1 & 2 will for the first time connect all the platforms and taken away the need to cross the tracks over the trolley path.