Train Number 22475 Bikaner - Coimbatore AC weekly Express that left Bikaner on Thursday will chug into the platform at Coimbatore Junction in the small hours of Sunday (February 10) with a pantry car facility and in the return direction the train will run with pantry car leaving Coimbatore on Sunday.
The train was flagged off in September 2012 from Bikaner and from Coimbatore. Pantry car facility was just introduced on this train which runs for over 45 hours covering a distance of about 2,781 km. Taking into account the ordeal of the passengers into consideration, the North Western Railway (NWR) which owns the rakes (coaches) has attached a pantry car facility.
From now, passengers travelling to North Kerala, Karnataka, parts of Maharastra and Rajasthan need not wait for food items to be loaded onto the train at the intermediate stations, as the pantry would ensure timely and hot food.
The train with one first AC, four second AC and eight III AC coaches provides connectivity with Kozhikkode, Mangalore, Madgaon, Vapi, Surat, Vadodra, Anand, Ahmedabad, Panvel, Jodhpur and Bikaner provides rail connectivity with textile merchants and North Indian migrant population here.
Coimbatore Railway Struggle Committee co-ordinator R. Raveendran welcomed the decision of the (NWR) for providing the pantry and that too within five months of the introduction of the train and appealed for increasing the frequency of the train into a bi-weekly at the earliest and to turn into a tri-weekly in the long run.
It would be of immense as it provided connectivity for tourists visiting Udhagamandalam with Goa and Rajasthan besides serving the travel needs of North Indian population in Coimbatore as well as textile merchants, convenor of the committee G.K. Nagaraj said.
Another important train Coimbatore – Hazarat Nizamuddin Kongu Express Train No 12647/12648 a weekly train to the national capital still runs as a weekly express covering a distance of about 2,683 km runs for more than 47 hours for the last 12 years.
Ever since the train was introduced on April 4, 2000, there had been no improvement either in the form of increase in coaches or in frequency.
No pantry car
Despite the rakes (coaches) of the train belonging to the Southern Railway, the train was running without a pantry car leaving the passengers to wait for food to be loaded at intermediate stations.
As a result of lack of frequency and pantry car facility, passengers from this region are forced to struggle for getting a confirmed ticket in the Thiruvananthapuram – New Delhi – Kerala Express.