New DRM/TVC keen on Thiruvananthapuram-Chengannur-Harippad Suburban Train project

Sunil BajpaiThiruvananthapuram (TVC):  New Divisional Railway Manager of Thiruvananthapuram Division Mr.Sunil Bajpai has said the Railways will be delighted to participate in the setting up of the suburban corridor and commencing suburban train services on the Thiruvananthapuram-Chengannur-Harippad section.

Addressing a press conference here after taking over as DRM from Rajesh Agrawal here on Monday, Mr. Bajpai said managing funds for the ambitious project that is estimated to cost Rs.3,400 crore will not be a problem if it is economically feasible. “There will not be much difficulty if it makes sense,” he said.

Mr. Bajpai said it was a positive sign that the State had entrusted the preparation of the Detailed Project Report to the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation by spending money from the State exchequer. The interim report is with the State and the final report is to be submitted soon.

Mr. Agrawal, who is demitting office after 27 months tenure as DRM, said regional rapid rails are a separate requirement and will incur only one-fourth of the cost for the State compared to the competing projects like the Mass Rapid Transit System. Highway development is facing hurdles in the State and the Rs.3,400-project is achievable, he said.

A 1985 batch officer of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, Mr. Bajpai was Senior Professor (Diesel Technology) at the Jamalpur-based Indian Railways’ Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering prior to his new assignment. He has 25 years of experience in the Railways.

Anand Prakash has taken over as the Palakkad Divisional Railway Manager. An officer of the 1982 batch of Indian Railway Service of Engineers, he has got wide experience in Construction and in Open Line Operations, especially in tunnel and bridge construction. He succeeds Piyush Agarwal.