The Kairali Arts Club has appealed to the Railways to extend the running of the special train No. 08569/08570 Visakhapatnam – Kollam by a few more months in view of the high demand for the train from Keralites living in and around Visakhapatnam.

Club president N. Dhanapalan and general secretary G.S. Karanavar met Divisional Railway Manager of Waltair Division Anil Kumar and sought his intervention in the extension of the special train, but the latter told them that the clearance of Southern Railway authorities in Chennai was needed for continuation of the special train.

In a letter addressed to the Southern Railway General Manager on Friday, Mr. Dhanapalan, who is also member of the Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (DRUCC), noted that the special train was launched on September 13 last year mainly to cater to the requirements of Keralites living in the Visakhapatnam region.

He said the train was introduced taking into consideration the long wait-listed bookings from Visakhapatnam to Kerala, apart from the efforts of the Kairali Arts Club in highlighting the grievances of rail users from the region. It was said that the train would be withdrawn from December 27, 2012, but considering the request of the rail users, it was extended to January 13, 2013.

He noted that with the summer holidays a few months away, the demand for berths had increased.