SER/ER GM highlights achievements of both divisions

12 Apr 2017

S. N. Agrawal, General Manager, Eastern & South Eastern Railway met the press & media at E.Rly’s Headquarters, Fairlie Place today. He informed the media about the achievements, developments and growth of both Eastern & South Eastern Railways in 2016-17 on various fields of activities such as loading, earning, passenger amenities, passenger transportation and various ongoing projects.
Mr Agrawal said that Eastern Railway earned Rs 4533.10 crores from freight loading as against Rs 4397.02 crores earned during last year, registering a growth of 3.1% over last year. ER carried 118.34 crores of passengers as against 116.85 crores of passengers during the last year. As a result, ER earned Rs 2572.89 crores from passenger traffic as against Rs 2456.95 crores earned during last year, showing an increase of 4.72% over previous year.
He said that during 2016-17, ER ran 1692 special trains on different occasions. Seven pairs of trains were converted to LHB rakes from conventional rakes. He further said that the most commendable performance of ER during 2016-17 was the commissioning of New Jubilee Bridge over river Ganga between Bandel Jn. and Naihati Jn. at a cost of Rs 290 crores. General Manager also pointed out that during 2016-17, ER constructed and commissioned 95.35 km New Lines, Gauge Conversion and Double Lines over Eastern Railway system while six double line projects are awaiting for commissioning.
About passenger amenities of Eastern Railway, Mr Agrawal said that 134 Point of Sale (POS) machines have been introduced to promote digital payment while, Wi-Fi has been provided at Howrah & Sealdah stations and will be provided at Barddhaman, Asansol and Bhagalpur very shortly. Suburban sections of Howrah and Sealdah Divisions of Eastern Railway are covered under paperless un-reserved ticketing, using mobile phones. Ten stations including Howrah, Sealdah, Kolkata, Bhagalpur, Asansol, Malda, Durgapur, Jasidih, Barddhaman and Jamalpur were covered under e-catering. JAN AAHAR canteens were opened at all major stations of Eastern Railway to provide hygienic and quality food to the passengers.
Mr Agrawal further said that Security Helpline Number 182 is functioning at Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and Malda. From February 2015 till 31st March, 2017, 756 cases were received & disposed off. 335 trains are being escorted by RPF personnel including 14 Ladies Specials and 171 Mail/Express trains. The total figure of escorting trains by RPF personnel (335) is 43% higher than that of the last year. (EOIC)