KOCHI: The People's Action Council, Thripunithura, took out a march to the office of the Area Manager, Southern Railway, at the Ernakulam South Railway Station on Tuesday demanding the construction of a rail overbridge at Mathur Junction in Eroor.
C.M. Dinesh Mani, MLA, inaugurated a dharna held after the march. K. Babu, MLA, addressed the rally, which was led by Renjini Suresh, chairperson, Thripunithura Municipality.
A press release issued by the Action Council said the railway lines criss-crossing Eroor were a stumbling block to the development of the area, in spite of its proximity to the city. Seventeen wards of Thripunithura municipality in Eroor are affected by the railway lines.
Three main railway lines divide the area the Ernakulam-Kottayam line, Ponnurunni-Irimpanam line and the Thripunithura-Irimpanam line. There are five manned railway crossings in Eroor.
The frequent closing of the railway gate on the Eroor-Thripunithura Road has caused hardship to motorists, suspending movement of traffic for a long time. There are over 20 city buses plying on the route. The railway line here has heavy traffic, with about 30 trains passing the Mathur junction railway gate daily. This is the main line to Kottayam and providing the goods link to Irimpanam.
According to the policy followed by the Railways, construction of over-bridges at level crossings through which there are more than one lakh vehicles a day are taken up on a cost-sharing basis. It was found in a survey taken up in January that more than 2 lakh vehicles use this level-crossing daily.