Gross earnings of Madurai railway division in the first three quarters of 2019-20 stood at Rs 632.6 crore, which is 8.9% more than its performance during the same period in the previous year. Divisional railway manager (DRM) V R Lenin said this while highlighting the achievements of the division from April to December 2019 at the 71st Republic Day celebrations organised by the division on Sunday.
The division also recorded an operating ratio of 94.19% against the earnings. Rs 91.13 crore was spent under various plan heads spread over passenger amenities and staff welfare, against the target of Rs 79.39 crore. Despite more traffic blocks to attend to safety and track work, the punctuality of express and passenger trains stood at 91% and 94.1%, respectively. Rs 4.87 crore was fetched as fine through intensive ticket checking and is 43.6% more than last year. Rs 5.23 crore was earned through sale of scrap against Rs 4.91 crore last year. Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued 199 abandoned children found in trains and railway stations and handed over to their respective parents and NGOs.
Drives conducted by RPF in trains and railway premises against littering activities resulted in apprehension of 7,789 defaulters, resulting in realization of fine to the tune of Rs 18,72,500 in the nine-month period. The DRM said the Madurai – Usilampatti stretch gauge conversion work as part of the Madurai – Bodinayakanur conversion had been completed and would be opened for passenger traffic shortly.
Vaigai Express got faster and safer LHB rake. As on date, eight pairs of trains were converted into LHB rakes. Apart from regular trains the division has run 299 special trains.