VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada division of the South Central Railway has bagged the prestigious ‘General manager’s overall efficiency shield’ at the 60th railway week celebrations along with another 16 shields in various categories at zonal level and two individual awards at railway minister’s level.
According to divisional railway manager Ashok Kumar here on Saturday, the performance efficiency index of the Vijayawada division was maintained at 35.79 percent against the target of 36.37 percent till March, 2015, whereas the division PEI was 47.49 percent and the punctuality performance of express has reached the target of 97 percent. The gross earnings of the year 2014-15 were Rs 4,603.27 crore which is Rs 1,319.46 crore higher than last year.
The income from the passenger earnings was Rs 764.85 crore up to March 2015 against the last year’s earning of Rs 660.72 crore. Through the ticket checking drive, the Vijayawada region has earned Rs 35.22 crore against Rs 29.88 crore last year recording an increase of 17 percent.
About nine bus shelters have been provided on south end of Platform 1 for the convenience of passengers and the construction work of escalators will start soon. About 338 bio-toilets have been provided in 107 coaches in 18 rakes.
With the remote surveillance system installed at BZA, CCT, RJY, OGL and NLR stations, the railway police force have apprehended 26 criminals, who were involved in 46 theft cases. Twelve smugglers were arrested and 288 kg ganja worth Rs 4.21 lakh was seized from them.