In the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, North Central Railways has adopted a holistic approach to improve passenger amenities at the stations and on trains.
From implementing the new QR system at Prayagraj Station to the creation of new ticket booking centers, the Railways have taken several important steps during this lockdown.
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Here are some of the important works:
1. Railway stations equipped with CCTV cameras
To increase the safety of railway passengers, North Central Railways has provided CCTV facilities at 4 more railway stations. New CCTV control rooms have been set up at Kanpur and Agra Fort Stations. Now passenger declaration systems are available at 67 stations of North Central Railways. In addition, several escalators and lifts have also been installed at important stations.
2. Expansion of Chambal and Indore-Khajuraho Express
Howrah-Gwalior-Chambal Express has been extended to Agra Cantt and Indore-Khajuraho Express to Prayagraj on one side and Dr. Ambedkar Nagar on the other to meet the travel requirements. This extension will be applicable from the date of regularization of passenger operations. In addition, 90 water vending machines have been installed so far at various stations.
3. Speed of many trains increased to 130 km/h
The sectional speed of Ghaziabad, Palwal-Lalitpur sections has been increased to 130 km/h due to the required inputs in track and other assets. Apart from this, the sectional speed of Lalitpur-Bina and Manikpur Link Junction has also been increased to 120 km/h and 110 km/h respectively. This will increase the speed in these segments.
4. Reduction of noise and air pollution in the station premises
In order to provide a safe journey to its passengers, the Railways have provided thermal screening, sanitization and change in HOG of 16 LHB rakes resulting in annual savings of 75000 liters of HSD as well as reduction of air and noise pollution in the station premises.
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