The Kanyakumari District Railway Users’ Association here has urged the authorities of Southern Railway to extend Tiruchi-Triunelveli intercity express up to Nagercoil for the benefit of the people living in Kanyakumari district.
Speaking to The Hindu , the secretary of the association, P. Edward Jeni, said that Kanyakumari district was the smallest in the southern part of the State. After Chennai it had the highest density in population and also it was the second most urbanised district in the State.
The people living in Kanyakumari was put to a lot hardship to reach Madurai to undertake official work at the High Court and employment office and also when they have to travel to cities like Tirunelveli, Madurai, Tiruchi and Chennai. Moreover, the university to which all the colleges in the district were affiliated to was located in Tirunelveli besides, the presence of the passport office in Tirunelveli district.
At this juncture, there was no daily train from Nagercoil to the above said cities from morning 07.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., for over a long gap of 10 hours in the day time. Tiruchi-Tirunelveli Intercity Express 22627/22628 (daily) via Madurai, Virudhunagar has been announced in the Railway Budget 2012-13. Hence the association has appealed to Southern railway authorities to operate this train as Nagercoil – Tiruchi Intercity Express for the benefit of Kanyakumari district passengers.
Though the district was geographically with Tamil Nadu, it was part of the Thiruvananthapuram division of Southern Railway. The authorities of this division were not ready to extend any train service to Nagercoil from Thiruvananthapuram. Also, they least bothered about introducing any new trains for the benefit of people living in the district.
In this budget, three trains till Tirunelveli have been announced. These three trains run through the important cities and towns of Tamil Nadu. Actually these trains must be operated to and from Nagercoil, whereas the people of the district did not benefit as the district came under Thiruvananthapuram division. It was disappointing that Southern Railway and Thiruvananthapuram division have been curtailing all the trains in Tirunelveli without considering the benefits for the Kanyakumari district passengers.
The only solution to these problems was to change Kanyakumari district railway administration from Thiruvananthapuram division to Madurai division, said Edward Jeni.