Aid Sought to Revive Old Rly Station - The New Indian Express

Aid Sought to Revive Old Rly Station

Published: 05th January 2014 11:05 AM

Last Updated: 05th January 2014 11:05 AM

The plan to revive Ernakulam old railway station as a suburban passenger hub within two years can fructify only with the aid of the state government, said Rajesh Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Thiruvananthapuram.

He said this while he was on a site visit on Saturday with Sunil Bajpai, who will assume charge as the DRM of the division on Monday.

“The railways has sought the help of the state government for funding the project that would require less than Rs 50 crore. It is now the state government’s call whether to take up the project as a serious investment,” he said.

In the next two years, the station, which has been lying unutilised for several years, can begin operations of passenger trains on a small scale. “A major passenger hub can be envisaged at a later stage. At the moment, what is possible is the development of the station on a small scale. For this, the state government should be willing to assist the railways with the funding,” Rajesh Agarwal, who had initially mooted a `100-crore station revival project.  He said the General Manager of the Southern Railways had pointed out three core issues that would be a major impediment to the smooth development of the station, including the speedy implementation of Pachalam RoB. If core issues are resolved, the possibility of revival of the station will be easier.

He maintained that the project has received a lot of positive public support and the intentions of various Samithis working for the revival of the project were good.

However, the move should be without any political agenda as this would defeat the very purpose of the project revival. Southern Railways General Manager Rakesh Misra had recently written to the Chief Secretary E K Bharat Bhushan seeking government aid to revive the station.

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