Steps to expedite platform work

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Proposed fourth platform at Kannur railway station

Southern Railway General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha has said that steps will be taken to expedite the proposed fourth platform work at the Kannur railway station now being delayed due to technical issues linked with the shifting of the pipes of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL).

Responding to Kannur MP P.K. Sreemathy’s demand that steps be taken to make the proposed fourth platform a reality, Mr. Kulshrestha said during his visit to the station here on Tuesday that he would initiate the holding of a joint meeting with the BPCL officials to accelerate the shifting of the pipeline by the petroleum company.

BPCL pipeline

The MP said that though the bid for constructing the fourth platform had been finalised and the fund for it had been earmarked in the Railway Budget, the work was being delayed because of the delay in shifting the pipeline by the BPCL.

The General Manager was here to see and review completed and ongoing developmental works at the railway station.

He was accompanied by Pratap Singh Shami, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Southern Railway’s Palakkad division and heads of various divisions of Southern Railway.

Mr. Kulshrestha said that the leakage from the roof of the newly constructed subway linking platform 1 to platforms 2 and 3 would be rectified.

MEMU services

To the MP’s suggestion that new MEMU services linking Kannur be started, he said that the shortage of rakes was an obstacle to starting the MEMU services in the route.

He assured the MP that the matter would be examined. He also accepted the MP’s proposal that two additional lifts and an escalator be installed at the station.

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