Udupi: Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the Escalator service which has been introduced for the passengers at Indrali Railway Station here on Monday January 18.
B S Yeddyurappa former minister of Karnataka and also MP of Shivamogga laid the foundation stone for Thokur – MRPL sliding corridor construction work.
Speaking on the occasion minister Suresh Prabhu said, “As a part of offering better customer service, we have been working on a few initiatives. There were many initiatives taken and I am very happy to say that at least 110 of the Budget commitments have been fulfilled. The Indian Railways has been taking a number of initiatives right from maintenance to transparency. A number of steps are being taken to make the Railways more people-friendly.
Further minister said that one of the areas where the railways has made progress was ticketing by improving the website of the IRCTC for online bookings, including daily and monthly tickets. He also stressed on the cleanliness drive in the trains and added that mechanised laundries have helped immensely. With collaboration, we can make railways cleaner. We have also started mechanised laundries wherever possible. It has helped us immensely in the cleaning process. And our idea is to have more of such laundries. Dearth of funds will not dither the Railways as the ministry has signed an agreement with LIC for Rs 1.5 lakh crore loan at low interest rate. Customers have been therefore, given a choice about the type of food they want, he added.
Udupi-Chikkmagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje, Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary, Udupi Zilla Panchayat president Savitha Kotian, TP president Sunitha Naik, MD Konkan Railways Sanjay Gupta and others were present.