THE HINDUOfficials and staff of Hubballi division of South Western Railway during a road-show at the Belgavi railway station on Sunday. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT.
The Hubballi division of South Western Railway organised a road show highlighting the achievements of Indian Railways during the first two-years of the government’s rule at the Centre. The event was held at Belagavi railway station on Sunday.
As part of the programme, a few officials of the Hubballi division and staff led by O. Rajappa, Divisional Commercial Manager, took out the rally in the city. A make-shift stall was opened showcasing posters and pictorial placards of various achievements of the Hubballi division. The visitors were informed about the various services offered on board the train and at railway stations, security helpline No.182, Women’s Toll Free Helpline No.1800-4251-1000, Clean My Coach service and more.
According to Mr. Rajappa, the Indian Railways has made significant achievements in all its fields of operation and introduced many passenger-friendly services in the last two years. The road show is being organised as a large number of public are not aware of these achievements, he added.
He said a ‘Passenger Feedback Desk’ had been set up to collect feedback/suggestions from passengers, which would be helpful in further improvement of services and overcome shortcomings, if any.
In Hubballi division, 120 Km of new broad gauge lines and 27 Km of line-doubling had been done in the two years. A total of 1,207 extra coaches were attached by the division to various trains. For the security of passengers, 37 trains were now been escorted by Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff. In addition to these improvements, eight important railway stations had been provided with CCTVs and six with passenger interface area, including Belagavi.
The division strived hard to achieve 96 per cent of punctuality for express/passenger trains, he said. Priority had been accorded to maintaining cleanliness both in trains and at the railway stations, as mechanised cleaning contracts had been awarded at nine major stations, including Belagavi. In addition to 28 ATVM equipments in the division, reservation facility had been extended to 20 post offices. As many as 23 water vending machines, including at Belagavi railway station, had been installed, where passengers could get pure drinking water at lower cost.
Source - the hindu