Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Various organisations of railway users in the State and adjoining Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu have put forward their demands to be included in the coming railway budget.

The All Kerala Railway Passengers Association has urged Railways to sanction a railway zone based in Kerala to speed up the development and to end the alleged neglect towards the State.

General secretary of the association Mathew Paul said the association had sought express trains to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi, and more intra-State transport services to solve the problems faced by the short-distance passengers. The other demands include introduction of MEMU train services, the electrification of the railway sections and more unreserved coaches in the trains.

The Thrissur Railway Passengers Association has demanded electrification of the Shoranur-Mangalore railway line and budgetary support to complete doubling in the stretch. General Secretary of the association P. Krishna Kumar said the State should tap the Kannur-Mangalore -Hassan-Arsikere railway section for improving the connectivity to northern districts of the State.

The Kanyakumary District Railway User’s Association has demanded extension of the 6603/6604 Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram- Mangalore Maveli Expresses up to Kanyakumary or Nagercoil to cater to the needs of office-goers and students. It has been pointed out that three overnight express trains operate daily between Mangalore and Thiruvananthapuram.

Secretary of the association P. Edward Jeni demanded that steps be taken to expedite the doubling of the congested 87-km Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumary stretch. It is said that Railways could not introduce any new trains in the section as the line capacity is saturated.