शोरानूर जं Shoranur Jn. (SRR): The electrification of Shoranur Jn. – Mangalore railway line will be completed by December 2015, said Southern Railway G.M. Rakesh Misra.
“As per the railways’ schedule, the electrification of the stretch between Shoranur and Kozhikode will be over by December 2014 and that of the remaining stretch will be completed in another year,” he said during a visit to the Kannur railway station as part of a safety programme by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Monday.
Though Misra said Kannur station is a role model for many other railway stations and that it would be developed as a model station, he did not give much hope for demands raised by the people here for a fourth platform and a pit line.
“As of now, it is not in the plan to build a fourth platform and pit line in Kannur,” he told reporters, adding that existing facilities are enough to handle the present crowd.
An escalator will be built here at platform one to help reduce crowd in the pedestrian overbridge. More facilities will be introduced once the new building – under construction near platform one – is completed.
“Once the building is ready, ticket counters with more facilities will be set up there in addition to better retiring rooms,” Misra said.
When asked about the proposed bifurcation of Palakkad railway division to create a new Mangalore division, the general manager said it is a time-consuming process which has not yet been discussed at the official level, hinting that there is no immediate possibility of a bifurcation.
He later released a pamphlet issued by the RPF to sensitize passengers on rail safety. The general manager was accompanied by senior officials of the Southern Railway.