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Chennai Egmore (or Ezhumbur) station recently won an award for being the best maintained station of Southern Railway (SR).

Presented by the Mylapore Academy, the Rolling Shield was instituted in 1970.

With total revenue generated by this station during 2012-2013 around Rs 50 crore, about Rs 18-20 lakh per day, the accolades continue.  And in the current fiscal year, it had already crossed Rs 35 crore, by end November!  

As the arrival and departure point for trains connecting Chennai with the southern and central Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the station is one of the two main railway terminals in the city along with Chennai Central (Madras Central). Its Gothic style building, with imposing domes and corridors make it one of the prominent landmarks of the city of Chennai.  

With 1.5 lakh passengers daily utilising 11 platforms (including the 2 suburban ones) the average daily earning from platform tickets is Rs 170,600. Every day 24 pairs of express trains originate from here, along with 9 pairs of weekly and bi-weekly trains. That the station earns Rs 3-4 lakh on retiring room facility alone speaks of its excellent room facilities, with 20 rooms available besides an air conditioned dormitory for 14. A platform which allows vehicles to be driven up almost to the side of the train- allows for easy loading/unloading of baggage and passengers. As of 2013, the station handles about 35 main line trains and 118 suburban trains.

The medical dispensary facilities began on 15 August 2013, and since then 910 passengers have availed of free medical aid with a doctor on call, 2 nurses and an ambulance round the clock. For the aged and physically challenged, a battery operated car and 8 wheelchairs are provided. Escalator facilities are available currently on two platforms, with proposals for more lifts and escalators soon to be implemented.

A senior official confirmed: “as a gateway to South India, the major challenge here is the constant demand for additional trains. Proposal to add Tambaram as an additional terminal that can share the load is on the cards. More adequate seating arrangements and display boards will soon be provided.”

“Cleanliness of the station is another challenge. The station employs two groups of sanitary workers round-the- clock. Water jets flush out waste from toilets of parked trains. But unfortunately, even after repeated instructions, people use the toilet in station junctions, throw garbage outside bins and continue to spit on platforms. We need more cooperation from the public to ensure that facilities provided are optimally utilised,” he said.

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