‘The special train helped in reducing the overcrowding in other trains’
The Kairali Arts Club (KAC), Gajuwaka, has sent a representation to the Executive Director (Coaching), Railway Board, seeking continuation of the special train from Visakhapatnam to Kollam pending introduction of the regular train as announced in the budget.
The club’s president, N. Dhanapalan, noted in a letter to the ED, P. Guha, that the special train was introduced in view of the shortage of train services between Visakhapatnam and Kollam. The Railways had agreed to run the special, after long years of struggle by Keralites in Visakhapatnam, during the Sabarimala season and summer vacation. Though it was a weekly express, the special train helped in reducing the overcrowding in other trains.
The regular train announced in this year’s budget was yet to start and there was no reason why the special train 08569/08570 should be withdrawn from July 27. The withdrawal would cause a lot of hardship to Keralites living in and around Visakhapatnam. He reiterated the demand for continuation of the special till the introduction of the regular train.
Mr. Dhanapalan also sent copies to the Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, Railway Board Chairman, Member (Traffic), General Manager of East Coast Railway and Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar in this regard.