December 18, 2015
Southern Railway has incurred a loss of about Rs.100 crore due to the incessant rains and resultant floods in different areas in Tamil Nadu, a top official said today.
The preliminary estimates suggested a loss of Rs.100 crore, which and this is definitely expected to go up, after completion of total estimation of loses, Southern Railway General Manager, Vashishta Johri told reporters here.
Moreover, the department has refunded Rs.30 crore to those who have reserved tickets, due to cancellation of trains in the flood affected areas.
This would be more as the date for refund has been extended further, he said, adding that 40 compartments and eight engines were damaged due to water logging and tracks over a few kilometers have also been damaged near Chennai.
Stating that the funds allocated for fSouthern Railway was less in the last year budget as compared to this year, the difference is to be used to expedite development work, he said.
To be precise, for the development of passenger facilities and basic amenities, the department has spent Rs.67 crore last year and it would be around Rs.165 crore, this year for renovating the pathway in railway stations. Besides, escalators for the benefit of old persons and also physically challenged will be the other facilities.
When asked about the long pending demand for a night train from Coimabatore to Bengaluru the official said that Southern Railway has recommended to higher authorities for the need.