Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), the engineering PSU of Indian Railways, will pump in its CSR funds to upgrade the passenger amenities at Chennai Central station, Southern Railway General Manager Ashok K Agarwal said here on Wednesday.
This is one of the Railway Ministry’s directive to improve the passenger amenities across important railway stations in the country during the Passenger Facilitation Fortnight from May 26 to June 9. Agarwal was addressing the media along with Railway Board Member (Electrical) Navin Tandon and Chennai Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Anupam Sharma at the Chennai Central.
Tandon said that the Railways planned to add 1,000 MW of solar and 170 MW of wind power in the next three to five years across the country. Spare railway land lying unused as well as Level Crossings (LC) would also be used to generate 200 MW, he said. “Stations and railway buildings will have rooftop solar panels. We are already generating 15 MW by this method,” he added. Inaugurating the first unreserved coach having 18 mobile charging points at Central, Tandon said that more such coaches would be rolled out in future.
Responding to a query about the lack of pharmacy at Chennai Central, Sharma said that they were exploring the possibility of opening State-run ‘Amma Pharmacy’ at the station. He also said that railway would conduct health camps at 10 locations — Guduvanchery, Avadi, Puttur, Katpad i, Tondiarpet, Tambaram, Thirumailai, Ambur, Tindivanam, Sulurpet — for the benefit of the people and railway staff.