NO OVERCROWD AT RAILWAY STATIONS IN HUBBALLI DIVISION;
APPEAL NOT TO PAY HEED TO FAKE NEWS/RUMOURS
Shri Arvind Malkhede, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi Division, in a Press Briefing held on 09.04.2021 jointly with Shri Aneesh Hegde, Chief Public Relations Officer, South Western Railway, at DRM office, Hubballi appealed to media to inform the public that a fake video has been circulated in social media which shows that trains are overcrowded. He pointed out that the video is undated, manipulated and the information is not authentic. He clarified that there is no rush or overcrowd in any Railway Station of Hubballi Division as the Railways are running adequate number of trains. He also pointed out that based on the demand the train services are run regularly in the Division.
He appealed to public through the media to convey that there is no crowd/rush.
Shri Aneesh Hegde CPRO stated that to gear up for the anticipated Ugadi festive rush in view of indefinite strike of Road Transport Corporation workers, SWR, in response to the demand of Govt. of Karnataka is running 20 fully reserved special trains from 09.04.2020 to 15.04.2020 to facilitate the passengers in view of Ugadi festival and avoid hardship due to strike of Karnataka Road Transport Corporation Employees and for clearing rush. These Special trains are in addition to the regular express and passenger special trains which are already operational throughout SWR, he said.
He informed that vigorous campaign is being conducted by Railways against spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Railway Stations.
DRM Shri Aravind Malkhede stated that staff from Commercial Dept and Railway Protection Force are actively involved in reaching out to rail travellers to adhere to Covid19 norms such as wearing face masks, using hand sanitizer and maintaining social distance during rail travel also, on regular basis.
He spoke about the achievements of Hubballi Division in the last fiscal and stated that Hubballi division has achieved a loading of 3.45 Million Tonnes in the month of March'2021 which is the highest monthly loading in the last 4 years.
Hubballi Division has loaded 2286 wagons on 31st March, 2021 which is the highest ever single day loading over Hubballi division, with this achievement Hubballi division has achieved freight loading of 29.956 Million Tonnes during the Financial Year 2020-21, which is 9.3% greater than the last year loading of 27.3 Million tonnes.
Freight loading of Financial Year 2021 has surpassed the target of 29.4 Million tonnes set by the Railway Board, by 1.8%, he said. This was possible due to the multiple meetings and marketing efforts of Business Development Unit (BDU) of the Division. The Division has been successful in capturing new freight traffic such as Maize, and Rice. For the first time, Rice has been transported from Gangavati to Azara, he said. These efforts by BDU have enabled the Division to get back on the growth path despite initial slump in loading from April to May 2020 due to Covid19 and lockdown.
He again, appealed to the public to follow Covid19 norms and be assured that Railways is equipped with capacity to meet the present demand in passenger segment.
Shri Pranesh Koulagi N, Public Relations Officer, Hubballi, Shri Valleshwar B.T, Sr. Divisional Security Commissioner/Hubballi; Shri Aravinda Herle G, Divisional Commercial Manager/Hubballi were present.