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Mangalore: Second foot overbridge opens at Central railway station

Mangalore: Second foot overbridge opens at Central railway station

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (BG)

Mangalore, Feb 11: Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP inaugurated the second foot overbridge at Mangalore Central railway station here on Monday February 11 in the presence of Piyush Agarwal, divisional railway manager of Palakkad railway division and other railway officers.

The foot overbridge, measuring 3 meters in width, connects platform No 1 with platforms No 2 and 3 of the railway station. The bridge has a steel structure with concrete pathway. It is provided with non-slippery heavy duty ceramic tiles in steps and pathways. Its roof is covered with galvanized aluminium sheet (galvanium sheets). The foot overbridge has been constructed at a total cost of Rs 75 lac.

Addressing the media after the inauguration, Nalin Kumar Kateel said that the long-awaited demand of a foot overbridge has today been fulfilled. The Padil underpass construction project is under tender process, he said.

"The Mahakalipadpu underpass will be constructed with equal funding by the state government and the railway department. The Baikampady bridge widening has been granted permission by the technical department and soon the tender process will be started. Matters regarding the additional trains to Subrahmanya and Kerala-Goa trains have been discussed. The Palghat DRM has been very supportive to Mangalore," he added.

"There are four main points to be demanded in the next railway budget - Subrahmanya-Sullia-Manjeshwar railroad, for which survey has already been done; more Yeshwanthpur-Mangalore trains, more trains on Mangalore-Mumbai route and renovation of 12 railway crossings which are in danger, out of the total 27 railway crossings in the district," he added.

"A railway parliamentary team will visit Mangalore railway station in the coming days. The team will be headed by 12 MPs from different states," he said.

A cleanliness drive was also inaugurated on the occasion.

Piyush Agarwal said that the steps have been taken to ensure that proper cleanliness is maintained in railway stations. "Proper measures have been taken to ensure that the cleanliness is further mainitained in stations, trains and especially tracks as well. Jetski cleaning technology has been introduced on contract basis with Delhi-based firm Hughes and Hughes," he said.

DRUCC member Dennis D’Silva, PRO James, Railway officers Sarangapani, Shivadasan, Narayan P, Roy, Natarajan, Mohan and others were present.


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  • Mahesh Rao, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    Mr.Thomas, Dubai : we will send all these ' Mangalore railway foot bridge users' by 'manji' to Dubai for a 'Dubai metro foot bridge' exercise !

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  • Thomas, Dubai, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    Request to all bridge user don't spit paan and don't throw cigarette butts in the pathway. Keep it clean.

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  • jacobnelson, BEJAI

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    @Vincy, Bangkok
    our local morale police RS,BD,RJD, BD,RS,BJP,RSS interested in who cooks miday meal in school, Who is peon who rings the school bell,whether he is from upper class of schedule cast, did school inform them before appinting such positions etc...

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    c ferrer, mangalore, Have you seen the ticketing staff there? All are non-Kannada people. They cannot speak Tulu or Kannada but it is ok with the Moral Police of Mangalore.The BD,RS,BJP,RSS and all other Armies are not interested in forcing the Department to hire locals for the Jobs.We have BJP in state and MCC but no job reservations for locals in Railway stations.

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  • c ferrer, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Palghat Division covering mangalore central and terminus are the most corrupt stations of the division thanks to lethargy of the people.
    Why are there no trolleys, no porters and no proper ramps to go from one platform to the exit platform at Kankanady.
    Station master rudely told me to fend for myself even though he saw that I was a senior citiizen- you know what i had to do get the waiter at the IRCTC stall to move my baggage and he charged me just.... Rs 100/- per piece doing something that shocked me. He did not come with me over the overbridge but took my baggage across the railway lines to the correct platform and asked an urchin to look after it till I arrived. He then returned and dumped the baggage at the entrance of the compartment, demanded the money and scooted away. He did this with at least another 10/12 passengers for this same train so must be a rich man with the amount of trains that stop at this station.
    Mangalore central is no better the coolies are producing some paper issued by Southern railway Palghat division stating that for a trolley the charge is 120/- and for every piece of baggage it is 60/-. Well the trolley carried the baggage of at least 2/3 passengers at a time so see the ripoff with the connivance of the Southern Railway.
    Shame on them for treating passengers this way.

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  • Satish Hegde, Mangalore/Bangalaore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Rs 75 lakhs for bridge= 25 lakhs actual cost 20 lakhs contractors pocket money=15 lakhs bribe to railway officer 10 lakhs to local political party in power(Mangalore) 5 lakhs for party in power in Palghat

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  • Roshan , Bantwal

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Nice....75 lac for bridge and 35 lac for hospital wow ...

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  • Ravi Shetty, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Have a CBI enquiry as to whether Rs 75 Lakhs was spent on this foot bridge. This estimate is crazy and very fishy and cannot be digested. The project does not seem more than Rs 15 Lakhs ( max ).

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    At last Nalin is happy.He is fit for such jobs. why not make some new toilets then use the same protocol?.We need good toilets in Mangalore city and near Tagore park.

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  • Ambrose Lobo, Mangalor/Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    It is unfortunate no thought was given to elderly people. It is very difficult to climb a bridge with luggage or a person on wheelchair. Hope concerned authorities consider constructing slopes connecting to the new bridge on all the platforms.

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  • Ceraj, Mangalore , Bejai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    75 lac... are you sure????

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  • Prashant Rao, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    While one appreciates the addition of infra-structure, a little more thought would have certainly helped.

    The bridge should have had provision for wheelchair movement and also luggage carts. This would have helped the aged, differently abled people and people with heavy luggage move from the platform to Entrance/Exit and vice versa.

    Isnt it time that the administration thinks about this across all public areas?

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  • kiran, Mukka/KSA

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Will Mangaluru be joined to Kerala in the future?? Where are the Manaloreans/Tuluvas or Kannadigas?? Why Keralites in Mangaluru?? Can the district authorities answer ????

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  • Dexter, Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Mangalore Central...where is Mangalore Central...all you can is Kerala here and not Mangalore Central. See the number of Chechis and Chetas who are in the group.Where are the Mangaloreans or even Kannadigas here.

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  • Raju Gopal Shetty, Derebail Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Elevators good idea for old and sick people, but is there Electricity supply throughout the days in Mangalore???

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  • vinod, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    good work.i would like to request authorities to explore the possibility of installing ticket vending machines for platform tickets within the platforms itself and stop issuing it at counters.This will reduce to some extent the rush at counters and people who want to see off passengers can take platform ticket in a relaxed way after seeing off passengers.

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  • Doris Pinto, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    I don't think it would have cost more than Rs 20-25 lakhs. Something is wrong and the estimate looks very fishy.

    A 10 pax elevator should have been erected on the platforms for the old & sick.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    A few footpaths, bylanes, auto stands and cycle stands are awaiting inauguration from BJP.......

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  • jacobnelson, BEJAI

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    35 to 40 Lacs more than enough.

    In 75 Lacs total they could have provided 3 lift to connect 3 platforms.

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  • Walter Lobo, Bajpe/USA

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Please build foot bridges for pedestrians and school children to cross National Highway 66 at several places. I saw school children being killed by reckless drivers while school children crossing the highway to catch buses. Let our public officials and politicians protect our school children. Check locations like Surethkal, Mulki, Uchila, Kapu, etc. See how dangerous they have become.

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  • Molly Lobo, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Like in Indian airports there should be a lift / elevator for senior citizens.They find it very hard to climb up the bridge with their luggage.

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  • Blaan Mendonca, USA

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    I appreciate the Foot Over-bridge construction as it will help pedestrians to cross the bridge easily. The borders of the Foot Over-bridge will turn into Dark Red color within a short period of time. People who walk on that Over-bridge eat pan Beeda and spit either on the left or right side while walking. In Mumbai all the skywalk bridges are already painted red throughout on both sides with Pan Beeda spit even though there are notice boards alerting the passengers not to spit or not to throw beedi or cigarette smoked butt litter. How can anyone stop it.

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  • Angry young man, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Not at all impressed. Totally unscientific project. How would the elderly, disabled, wheelchair bound and those with heavy luggage go on this foot bridge? Long way to go for any system in India......

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  • Raymond, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Mr Nalin Kumar is good at Inauguration Related Stuffs...

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/UAE

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Good for commuters, but hard to digest 75lac spent on the project!!

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  • NKS, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    i personally feel that, at least a section of the bridge shud be put with a slope. most of the bags now a days have trolleys in them... it is easier to drag the bag rather than carry it.. youngsters can manage to carry the bag, but we must think of the aged... the trains sometimes come on platform 2, it is a nightmare that time...

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  • jatin, mlore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Well done Nalin Kumar. Thanks to you thousands of passengers can cross the tracks in a safe way .Iam sure blind haters of BJP will still cross the tracks risking their lifes instead of taking the bridge.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Keep up good work Naleen Anna. You have set a benchmark for others through your people friendly works.

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    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Mangalore MP,Mr Nalin Kumar for the formality sake never uttered any word addressing UPA govt for making available this SUVIDHA!!He is speaking about protocol in another occasion but we did not see any local MLA or local body reps in this function as protocol !! Mangalore/Udupi districts are one of the most neglected areas when see other states.We need rail network in and around DK/Udupi which should eventually need to join Bangalore-Mangalore-Mumbai and plus.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Great achievement by BJP........

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