Suresh Prabhu the Railway Minister at Salem railway junction recently commissioned the escalators linking platforms 3/4 and 1 via video conferencing.
Hari Shankar Verma, the Divisional Railway Manager at the Salem junction at a function disclosed the plaque and made the dedication of the escalators to the general public use after it was commissioned by Suresh Prabhu the Railway Minister. The escalators have the capacity to handle about 9,000 individuals per hour. The Salem division intends the installation of another escalator after the completion of the platform No. 5 expansion works.
Salem is not the first station to have this facility in Salem division as escalators are already built in Coimbatore junction. Works are in progress for the escalators/lifts installation in Erode and Tirupur junctions, and it is believed to finish before the year runs to an end. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Verma said that the division is according to priority for the expedition of the pending projects. The work on the other entry at Salem Junction has already begun.
Making reference to the presented petition by Sundaram MP P. R. Namakkal entreating for Chennai Egmore-Salem extension overnight express via Namakkal to Karur, Mr. Verma discloses that the Railway Board needs to give the go-ahead for any changes concerning the trains going through the zonal areas. Nevertheless, he said that the proposal has already been forwarded to the headquarters of the Southern Railway for sending it to the Railway Board.
The DRM said that the proposal of the long awaited request of the introduction of daytime to Chennai from Salem via Attur is still pending with the Railway Board.
Also, the proposals of operating in the Coimbatore using a direct train–from Vridhachalam to Chennai, Bengaluru section and the extension of some passenger trains are still pending.
Mr. Verma disclosed that the Railways already gave primacy to the passenger train operation services and measures have been taken to make sure that passenger trains depart and arrive early enough and maintains punctuality in Salem division.
He said that passenger traffic has reduced in spite of all the great services the Railways has provided to the public which has led to a reduction in the earnings of the railway.
He appealed to the general public to travel in larger numbers by trains to help in enhancing the railway revenue, which will help in creating enhanced amenities and execution of further projects.
Responding to a question raised, the DRM said that the WiFi facility installation would soon commence at an A1 category station at Coimbatore Junction which will later be extended to Erode and Salem.