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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Southern Railway’s Chennai division to spend Rs 30 crore on passenger amenities - CHENNAI

The Chennai division of Southern Railway will spend Rs 30 crore to improve passenger amenities in the current financial year. This is an increase of Rs 12 crore from the previous years, divisional railway manager (DRM) Anupam Sharma said during a meeting with passenger representatives on Wednesday.

Sharma was chairing a meet of the Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) Meet.

Members raised several issues regarding cleanliness, train stoppages and facilities at suburban stations. Specific requests regarding cleanliness and escalators at Fort station were put forth. In response, the DRM said two escalators would be provided at Chetpet station.

A DRUCC member requested a pharmacy at Guindy station.

M Kishore Kumar, a DRUCC member, raised the issue of lack of food plaza at Chennai Central station. "Long-distance passengers don't have any place to sit and have food," he said.

In response, the Southern Railway officials said an executive lounge would come up within 2-3 months, which would have the requisite facilities.

Members also raised the issue of difficulties experienced by differently persons while travelling in trains and demanded that railways prevent misuse of facilities given specifically to physically challenged people.

Source : TOI , 23rd Feb 2016 

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