Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Citizens’ forum demands DRM office for Surat station

Times of India: Surat: Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
While the central government is keen on developing Multi Model Transportation Hub (MMTH) at Surat railway station, people are demanding that Western Railway (WR) should think of creating divisional railway manager (DRM) office in the city which can serve from Vapi to Ankleshwar and on Tapti line up to Bhusaval.
As per the information sought under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, Surat railway station generates annual revenue of Rs 350 crore for WR. The the total revenue of Tapti line and Surat put together comes to Rs 500 crore.
Revenue earned for passengers travelling from Surat for financial year 2016-17 and 2017-18 is Rs 333 crore and Rs 353 crore respectively. If one has to compare revenue of Vadodara railway station for same years, then it is merely Rs 237 crore and Rs 257 crore respectively.
Entire Bhavanagar division revenue is Rs 91 crore and Rs 103 crore for 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively, where Rajkot has the annual revenue of Rs 209 crore and Rs 213 crore for similar period.
The Surat railway station, however, contributes to almost 20% of total revenue of Mumbai Central. The major chunk of revenue comes from suburban trains and that the divisional railway manager of WR have to allocate more time in management of suburban operations.
RTI activist and member of Surat Railway Station Development Citizen Forum (SRSDC) Rajesh Modi said, “Comparing all revenue collection of passenger tickets, Surat must be given DRM office on urgent basis for better concentration and facility enhancement. It’s high time that authorities pay much needed attention to Surat railway station.”
About 1.20 lakh passengers alight and travel from Surat to various destinations in the country. Around 30,000 current tickets and 10,000 reserved tickets are issued for various destinations from Surat.