Salem Junction to be upgraded at Rs 5 cr

Salem Junction in Tamil Nadu is being renovated and upgraded with latest passenger amenities at a cost of Rs 5 crore as part of the Railways’ modernisation plans.
Salem Junction to be upgraded at Rs 5 cr
The new facade has given Salem station a contemporary look

New Delhi

Under this upgradation, Salem Junction is getting a new facelift in a phased manner. Approximately Rs 5 crore has been spent for improvement of station façade, said an official release on Tuesday.

This new façade has given a contemporary look to the station building. The landscaping area has been increased and the height of the compound walls has been reduced to prevent pasting of posters on them. 

Smooth traffic flow has been ensured in part of the first phase. Separate lanes are provided for buses, commercial vehicle such as taxis and auto, and for private vehicles. New area has been provided for App-based car services near the existing vehicle parking stand.

Custom-made façade lighting arrangements have been made to illuminate the station building as per the occasion. During the days of national importance such as Independence Day and Republic Day, the building is lit up in tricolours of the National flag.

As a new initiative, green patches and vertical garden has been provided in the circulating area to give a pleasant look. Staircases have been provided with beautiful sceneries. 

In addition to this, an LED-backlit Passenger Amenity Board and Braille boards to assist visually challenged persons have been fixed at all amenities over the station. BMI kiosks, massage chairs and pulse kiosks have also been installed at the station.

At present all important train services towards Erode are dealt from Platform No.1, for both directions from Platform No. 3 and 4, and some train services are dealt at Platform No. 5. 

For the benefit of passengers,  improvements on Platform No. 5 that have been taken up include modified platform shelter of new design planned to provide cover over complete platform, toilets block at both ends of the platform. additional catering stall and lift and escalator connecting other platforms. While all the platforms will be modified under the project, the second entry to the railway station is also being improved. A monumental flag will be installed in front of the station building by February 15.  Airport style lighting will also be done. The upgradation work is likely to be completed by June 2020, the release said.

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