Mysore, Apr. 26 (KCU&RK)- "The doubling work of the railway track between Mysore and Bangalore would be completed within the next two years," said Railway Board Chairman S.S. Khurana here today.

Speaking to the media after laying the foundation stone for the Rs. 5 crore multi-functional complex beside the computerised reservation centre at the city Railway Station premises, Khurana observed that the doubling work was going on schedule from both Mysore and Bangalore ends. "However, at few places, land acquisition issues are still pending. The State Government, which had been apprised of the issue, has given an assurance that there will be no hitches," he said.

Referring to the betterment of Railway service, Khurana announced that gauge conversion work has been taken up on the Shimoga-Talagupa and the Dharwad - Belgaum lines.

"Also on the anvil is introduction of high speed trains bet-ween several stations including Bangalore-Chenniai for which the necessary modifications in the track will be taken up soon," he added.

Going around the passenger facilities in the City Railway Station, Khurana said he would upgrade them with subways, escalators and deluxe toilets.

When media persons sought his opinion on earmarking 50 per cent of jobs in the railways for the localities, Khurana stated that no such reservation clause existed.

However, he said norms existed for allowing the regional candidates to take up Board exams in local languages.

Multi-functional complex

The proposed complex will house medical shops, waiting halls, telephone booths and hotels with a good underground parking facility.

South Western Railway General Manager Kuldeep Chaturvedi, Divisional Railway Manager B.B. Verma, Chief Commercial Manager Dr. Anup Dayanand Sadhu and Railway Board Advisor Arunendrakumar were present.

Mayor’s stand

After the foundation-laying programme, Mayor Sandesh Swamy visited the spot. He told media persons that the assigned place for the complex was a no man’s land not belonging to anyone as per records. "Being close to the circle with Babu Jagajivan Ram’s statue, the place was used for holding public functions. All around are heritage structures. We will speak to the Railway officials before they take up the work. If necessary, legal steps would be initiated to stall the process," Swamy said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore