: Union Minister of State for Railways E. Ahamed said here on Saturday that a train service between Kochi and Pune would be introduced within a week. A decision to this effect was taken following demand by rail users, he said.
Mr. Ahamed said the Railways would take up work on the proposed rail line between Tirunavaya and Guruvayur if the State government provided the land. He said 70 per cent of the proposed rail line would cross through kol lands.
Mr. Ahamed inaugurated a science laboratory set up at Government Higher Secondary School, Pookkottur, near here. The laboratory has been set up at a cost of Rs.7 lakh.