The delay in completion of works to install escalators and lift facilities at the Erode Railway Junction has caused hardship to the rail passengers as the minority wing of the District Congress has urged the railway administration to complete it on war-footing.

K.N. Basha, vice president of the wing and former member of Zonal Railway User’s Consultative Committee, in a letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that senior citizens, differently-abled persons and passengers with luggages could climb the steep staircases in the platforms 1,2,3 and 4 and hence demanded escalator and lift facility. The railways announced in 2014 that the facility would be established and funds were allotted. Work began in the same year, but the execution of the project was delayed by various factors, he added.

Citing the assurances given by the Southern Railway General Manager and the Divisional Railway Manager during their visit to the station, the letter said that even after four years works were yet to be completed. “During the DRM’s visit on June 27, he assured that one escalator would be commissioned by July 15 and another escalator in another three months. However, the letter said that no works were being done currently.

When escalator and lift facility is available at, Salem, Tirupur and Coimbatore stations, why it is delayed in Erode junction, the letter questioned. The letter said that the Erode junction is a major revenue generating junction for the Southern Railway and delaying the project is condemned. Hence, to express their dissent, members would stage a demonstration in front of the junction on August 8, the letter said.

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