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Inadequate infrastructure irks rail passengers in Tirupur

R. Vimal Kumar
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TCV has submitted petitions to railway officials

Problems galore: Despite high passenger volume, Tirupur railway station does not have adequate facilities. — File photo: M. Balaji
Problems galore: Despite high passenger volume, Tirupur railway station does not have adequate facilities. — File photo: M. Balaji

Lack of adequate infrastructure at Tirupur railway station is inconveniencing passengers.

Though the Railways had been initiating some development projects over the last few years, these have been found to be inadequate.

Tirupur Consumer Voice (TCV) secretary P. Somasundaram, who has submitted many petitions to the railway officials, pointing out various lacunae in infrastructure, feels that the station needs better treatment for it handles about 12,000 passengers a day and generates above Rs. 6 lakh in earnings.

Platforms

“Even the two platforms at the station are yet to have roofs along their full stretches to shield the passengers from the sun and rain, even after the station gained prominence many decades ago,” he pointed out.

Passengers say, “What is the use of the costly tiles laid on the platform without having proper roofing on top? It is nothing but a colossal waste of tax payers' money.”

Another major problem confronted by the passengers travelling on unreserved tickets as well as by people who come to the station to receive and send off travellers is the lack of proper toilet for them on Platform 2, as there is only a toilet for reserved class passengers.

Mr. Somasundaram pointed out that problems such as lack of adequate ticket counters and non-functioning of the vending machines to issue platform tickets had not been solved despite the issues being brought to the notice of the railway authorities concerned repeatedly over the last few years.

Reservation charts

“Similarly, the reservation charts published are quite often unclear and difficult to read for even passengers with normal eyesight,” he said.

Lack of sufficient seats for waiting passengers on both the platforms was also causing difficulties.

“What is the point in schemes that are planned to build air-conditioned rest rooms when the station has been lacking even basic facilities?” Mr Somasundaram wonders.

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