The prize shield was presented to Madurai Divisional Railway Manager in-charge Manish Agarwal by Southern Railway General Manager BG Mallya during the 67th railway week celebrations recently.
Thousands of passengers-- including students, education and bank staff, ex-servicemen on the security duty and farmers, commute in the Chennai- Arakkonam - Katpadi - Jolarpet route.
The decision came after the Railway Board (RB) last week directed the 16 zonal railways to keep the coach depots ready to maintain the Vande Bharat rakes.
According to sources, more special trains will be required to meet the demand and the railway will likely be announcing them in the coming days.
A senior official of Coimbatore railway station said that he will look into the issue.
Sources in Southern Railway said unreserved passenger trains would be restored in a phased manner and as of now 147 passenger trains are in operation in Southern Railway.
The railway has to appoint at least three gatekeepers at a level crossing to ensure round-the-clock train operations.
Southern Railway officials, including Additional General Manager Mallya and Madurai DRM Padmanabhan Ananth, had appreciated the 25-year-old for his achievements.
The Tirunelveli-Mettupalayam Weekly Special (06030) will leave Tirunelveli at 07.00 pm on Thursdays from April 21 till June 30.
Passengers complain that though the express fare is collected, the journey time for the 100 km distance remains 2.45 hours.
The Southern Railway (SR) requested passengers not to pull alarm chains in trains for trivial reasons.
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Incidentally, the railway board, the apex body of the Indian railways, announced last month that all regular trains that were in operation during pre-Covid days will be reintroduced.
The Southern Railway announced that unreserved coaches will be restored in 192 trains running through six zones — Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchy, Salem, Palakkad, and Thiruvananthapuram.
While the railways' safety manual mandates minimum distance from the centre of the track and permanent structures be more than 2.36 m, the FOB pillar is located at a distance of 2.1 m.