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Small stations set for makeover

THE Tiruchy Railway Division has embarked on an exercise to spruce up small stations which are in a state of neglect due to stoppage of short-distance passenger trains only. The division is tak-ing help from villagers to install drinking water facilities and give them prating contracts to ensure stations are clean. According to officials, the 29 halt stations across Tiruchy division are being given a facelift. As several stations are in remote villages and do not see Railway much activity, many have become rundown and infested with weeds. "Work has begun in all stations after discussions with the locals and also by appointing an agent to clean the premises.

 The programme began on July 18 and will be on till August 1. Priority areas such as essential buildings, platforms and premises around the station have all been cleaned and painted for their effective utilisation," an official said. Stations such as Malliam, Uttamarkovil, Bikshandarkovil, Ichangadu and Andampallam are some of the stations where work has been taken up. An agent would be appoint-ed to sell Rail Neer and other approved brands for the convenience of public whenever trains halt, including expresses that wait for signals. The scheme is expected to be gradually extend-Official ed across other stations in the division. "For each of the stations, a small sum has been allocated to-wards meeting wages to be given to workers involved in cleaning the premises," said authorities. The scheme is expected to improve the image of the railways.

Source:epaper newindianexpress. com//c/20746528

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