Mysuru: “Despite the challenges of the Covid – 19 pandemic, South Western Railway’s (SWR) Mysuru Division has transported 2.57 lakh tonnes of goods and 9.73 lakh passengers and earned a revenue of Rs. 352.66 Crore,” said Divisional Railway Manager Rahul Agarwal.
Speaking after hoisting the tricolour at the City’s Railway Sports Ground on Monday August 15 as part of the Independence Day celebrations he said that after the pandemic, the situation is returning to normal and the country is moving towards development. The Department is at the forefront of this journey through its committed and dedicated workforce. The Mysuru division is playing its own important role and giving impetus to development. Many steps have been taken to improve the travel experience for people. As per pre-Covid, all passenger train services have been resumed,” he said.
‘In the current year, the punctuality performance of Mysore Division is 99%. 391 additional coaches have been fitted for various trains to meet the high demand of passengers. With the installation of additional ticket counters and Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (AVTMs), hassle-free ticket distribution to passengers has been made possible,” he said.
Additional parking space, toilets, drinking water, lighting, information system and display boards have been provided. A flawless security system with CCTV camera surveillance system has been implemented. He informed that six high capacity lifts have recently been installed at Arasikere, Birur and Kadur Railway Stations for the convenience of pass. He said, “Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has awarded ‘Eat Right Station’ certification with ‘Exemplary’ (Five Star – 5 Star Rating) to Mysuru Railway Station.
On the occasion, 435 saplings have been planted in the station premises to expand the green cover, he said and added that 600 kg capacity organic waste converter unit has been installed at Hassan, Arasikere, Davanagere and Shivamogga Town Stations.
“In all 257 people have been promoted in the current year. As many as 57 people have been given financial upliftment. He said that the system has been improved by empowering the field officers of the department, he said and added that once the reconstruction of Mysuru Yard and construction of Naganahalli Coaching Terminal is completed, the congestion at Mysuru Station will be reduced and new trains including MEMU train from Naganahalli can be resumed.