Thalassery: An escalator at the Thalassery railway station, which ceased working on the day of its inauguration itself, is back in action again after five days, thanks to the prompt intervention by the local Member of Parliament.
Mullapally Ramachandran, the Congress state unit chief, had allotted Rs 1.30 crore for the escalator from the funds under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme. He inaugurated it on December 1, but it stopped working the very same day because some part was faulty.
No one bothered to get a replacement of the part from Kochi and the facility remained just a showpiece for the past five days. The MP came to know about it on Thursday and called up top officials, who then swung into action.
Mullapally had unleashed his fury against the inertia of railway officials at the inaugural ceremony. He was angry because work on the escalator dragged on for two years though it could have been completed within six months.
The Divisional Engineer was also present at the function.