Mysore (MYS): The Mysore Division of the South Western Railway has proposed important passenger amenity works during 2015-16 including provision of platform shelters, facilities for differently-abled persons and new retiring rooms at different stations.
Besides, the first phase of the subway connecting platform number 1 with platform 2 and 3 at Mysuru station is expected to be completed by the end of the current year, while new ATMs will be installed at Mysuru and Hassan stations.
The Divisional Railway Manager Rajkumar Lal told presspersons here on Friday that platform shelters have been proposed for 18 stations across the Mysuru division during the current year and it is expected to cost Rs. 1.19 crore.
Seating arrangements at Mysuru station are being improved at a cost of Rs. 52 lakh.
Extension of platforms at 30 stations and this is expected to cost Rs. 1.62 crore, said Mr. Lal.
In view of the growing passenger rush and to clear summer rush, the authorities have sought augmentation of Basava Express to Bagalkot and Gol Gumbaz Express to Solapur, Hampi Express to Hubballi and Tirupathi Fast Passenger trains.
In a bid to streamline queue system and reduce congestion at the current booking counter, Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATMVs) will be installed at nine stations in the division. Mr. Lal admitted that the project was delayed but pointed out that the earlier tenders had to be cancelled after which fresh tenders were invited. The ATMVs would be in place by the end of June, he said. Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Anil Kumar was present.