All-round show by S. Rly Thiruvananthapuram division

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on April 29, 2011 Published on April 29, 2011

The Southern Railway Thiruvananthapuram Division has earned a total amount of Rs 854.67crore in the financial year 2010-11 compared to Rs 836.81crore for the corresponding previous year, showing an increase of 2.13 per cent more than last year.

In the passenger front, the Division carried 98.1 million passengers for 2010-11 as against 95.9 million for the year 2009-10.

The passenger earnings have also shown an increase of Rs 38crore compared to the previous year with the total earnings of Rs 584.95crore.

In spite of being a passenger-oriented division, there is a steady growth of parcel and freight earnings. The quantum of parcel traffic moved from the division is substantial. The parcel earnings for the year 2010-11 is Rs 19.03crore, the officials sources said.

The Division loads petroleum products from the BPCL-Kochi Refineries, fertilisers from FACT, imported coal, Gypsum and containers from the Kochi Port and a new traffic of chemical Phospho-Gypsum from the FACT siding. The Division earned Rs 209.05crore in freight traffic and carried a tonnage of 3.12 million tonnes.

Checking drives growth

Intensive ticket checking has resulted substantial growth in ticket checking earnings, also reducing the number of cases of ticketless travel.

Cumulatively achieved earnings of Rs 3.93 crore upto March 2011 as against Rs 3.45 crore in the corresponding period of last year and recorded a resounding increase of 14 per cent over last year.

The Division is a predominantly passenger-oriented area and running over 120 trains everyday from its coaching depots at Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil, Kochuveli, Ernakulam, with the line capacity having crossed 100 per cent in almost all sections and terminals being utilised well above their normal capacity.

The Division is running short of pit lines, stabling lines, platform lines and path for trains. Despite these, more and more trains are being introduced due to the inordinately high demand.

New trains

Rising to the ever-increasing demands of passenger transport, new trains are introduced every year. In the last six years, 31 new trains are introduced.

The Division ranks second only to Chennai Division in Southern Railway in respect of number of passengers carried and in passenger earnings.

It also handles about 1,600 holiday special trains a year and carries about 2.60 lakh of passengers every day.

As it is a passenger concentrated Division, maximum emphasis is given to improve the passenger amenities. The Division has spent Rs13 crore for various passenger amenity works during the year 2010-11.The work connected with 14 Adarsh stations have been completed. In the current year Railway Budget, six stations, have been listed as Adarsh station for upgradation.

The Division is concentrating to improve the efficiency in track maintenance. Modern track machines are deployed in various sections of the division which has helped to improve the operational efficiency.

The progress achieved by the TRT machine during the year is 19.557 km as against the target of 22 km. A highest progress of 2,255 sleepers in a day by TRT machine in Southern Railway was achieved on February 1 by the Division.

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Published on April 29, 2011
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