New DRM for Mysore Division to focus on Building subways, expand Rail Museum and Passenger Amenities

Mysore (MYS):  Construction of a subway linking all platforms at the Mysore Railway Station, expansion of the Mysore Rail Museum and a new mechanised laundry service to handle bedrolls for the division will become a reality during the new financial year.

Rajkumar Lal, who took charge as the Divisional Railway Manager of Mysore division some time ago, spelt out his areas of priority to presspersons here on Friday.

In the first phase, the subway will start at the new entrance of the Mysore station from the CFTRI side, connect to a bus bay to be constructed there and will link Platform Number 6. It will be ready in 2014 and the remaining five platforms will be connected in the second phase at a cost of around Rs.6.4 crore.

Once completed, it will meet a long-pending demand of passengers as senior citizens and women passengers find it difficult to take their baggage and walk up the foot overbridge. The construction of a subway will also help reduce the rush on the overbridge during peak hours. It will also help in preventing passengers from walking across the tracks.

The expansion of the railway museum has been on the cards for a long time. The new DRM said it entailed expanding the museum. The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs.4.62 crore for it, while the Ministry of Culture has sanctioned Rs. 50 lakh for the purpose.

The museum was established in 1978 and was the second in the country after the National Rail Museum in New Delhi.

Its collection includes the Maharani’s Saloon built in 1899 at a cost of Rs.29,508, a narrow-gauge steam locomotive built in 1900 by W.B. Bagnall Ltd., a mechanical apparatus of a bygone era like “continental lever frame double wire” which was used on the Bangalore–Mysore stretch between 1910 and 1920, and a model of a “steam fire engine” built by Merry Weather and Co. in 1834.

A mechanised laundry service, costing Rs.1 crore, with a capacity to handle 1.5 tonnes, will be set up to wash bedrolls.