Members of Thanjavur-Tiruchi Rail Users' Association, Thanjavur Senior Citizens Forum and Thanjavur Division LIC Employees Association staged a demonstration in front of the railway station here on Wednesday demanding operation and restoration of various trains for the benefit of passengers of the district.
They demanded restoration of Tiruchi-Chingleput fast passenger, Madurai-Chennai day time passenger, Thanjavur-Chennai fast passenger and Tuticorin-Chennai Janata express, which were run prior to the commencement of the BG conversion works on the mainline.
Ayyanapuram K. Nadarajan, president and V. Jeevakumar, legal adviser of Thanjavur-Tiruchi Rail Users' Association, R. Thangarajan, president of Senior Citizens Forum, and R. Punniyamurthy, president of Thanjavur Division LIC Employees Association led the agitation.
They sought only chair car facility in Cholan Express, operation of a night express to Chennai from Thanjavur, inauguration of work on Ariyalur-Thanjavur-Pattukottai new railway line, and expedition of works on platform number one and two at the Thanjavur junction.
Their other demands included improving passenger amenities on platform number four and five, operation of additional trains from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam and Thanjavur to Nagore, opening of ticket counter on Mary's corner side round the clock, stopping of Ernakulam-Nagore and Mayiladuthurai–Tiruchi expresses at Budalur, extension of passenger shed at Budalur station, operation of weekly once Tiruchi -Thanjavur passenger on all days, UTS reservation facility at Budalur station, and installation of signal gate at Ayyanapuram railway station.
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