KOZHIKODE: The All India Station Masters Association, Palakkad chapter, has appealed to the Railway authorities to make available to train users information about movement of trains by short message service (SMS).

The demand was raised at the fourth annual convention of the association held at Kanhangad recently.

The participants were of the view that such a service would help passengers reach the railway station on time. The association also discussed problems facing the railway staff and the travelling public and urged the authorities to take steps to provide basic facilities needed by passengers and railway staff at all stations.

It was pointed out that there were not enough rest rooms, toilets and even information counters in most stations,

Gokulvarma Raja, divisional secretary of the association, said in Kozhikode on Wednesday.

The association stressed the need to set up cloak rooms and retiring rooms at all important stations.

They said more passengers trains should have been sanctioned in the latest Railway budget since restrictions had been introduced on travelling by sleeper class for ordinary ticket-holders.

They also suggested extending the length of platforms so that 24 coaches could be accommodated.

The need for foot overbridges and subways was also stressed.

The participants demanded implementation of the Railway Board's decision to appoint additional station masters at all stations to improve efficiency.

The convention was inaugurated by Michael Tharakan, Vice- Chancellor, Kannur University. Kanayi Kunhiraman, sculptor, was the chief guest.

R.K. Nair was elected president and Gokul Varma Raja secretary of the association at the convention.