Newly appointed general manager of Eastern Railway AK Goel held a high level review meeting with the principal heads of the departments at Eastern Railway Headquarters, Fairlie Place on Monday morning.
During the discussion, Goel advised commercial department to popularise the coin operated ticket vending machines (CoTVMs) so that passengers can use these machines and avoid long queues.
He emphasised on elimination of unmanned level crossing gates. Against a target of 46 gates, 38 have already been eliminated.
Goel also emphasised on the early completion of the passenger amenities, work of all divisions and proper utilisation of the money received from the MPLAD fund for the developmental works at stations. He also asked for bio-toilets in trains. At present, 478 coaches in 13 rakes covering 8 trains have already been fitted with bio-toilets.
He said safety, security, punctuality and passenger amenities including cleanliness was the priority for the Eastern Railway and should be given importance to improve further in these fronts.
Various health schemes for Railway employees/retired Railway employees available in Railway Hospitals including BR Singh Hospital were also discussed.
At present, two escalators have been provided at Durgapur station recently and two more escalators will be put to passenger use by March this year at Ballygunge station.