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The Kannur-Coimbatore fast passenger which starts from Kannur early morning begins its journey either from the bay platform or from the southern end of the platform. Even though the station has three long platforms, this train is always stationed on the said platforms. The problems faced by commuters are many. They have to walk for about four to five minutes from the ticket counter to reach the train.

In the case of the aged, women, and children, the less said the better. As these platforms are not fully sheltered, passengers usually get drenched during rain. There is also no proper lighting on the platforms. The police never take the trouble to see if the compartments are free from anti-social elements. Though the train has 12 to 14 bogies, passengers always board the last few ones as the other end lacks lighting. As a result, the last few compartments are always jam packed. The railway authorities should do the needful to make the train more passenger-friendly.

M. Pradyu Thalikavu

Kannur

Improve the plight of the elderly

On International Day of Older Persons observed on October 1, we should have thought of the miserable life being led by a large number of the elderly, especially those belonging to poorer sections of society.

Older people, especially those above the age of 75, lack care and amiable company.

A considerable section of the elderly are abandoned by their children and consigned to old-age homes where freedom is limited.

Many are mentally and physically fit and will greatly appreciate remunerative jobs.

The old-age pension available for below poverty line (BPL) categories should be enhanced to cover all the elderly.

Kayiath Balakrishnan

Kozhikode

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