Staff Reporter

Will prevent overcrowding on Thirumalpur-Chennai Beach section

KANCHEEPURAM: The Kancheepuram Town Old (East) Railway Station Protection Committee has called upon Southern Railway authorities to introduce fast EMU services in the Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu section, two each in each direction both in the morning and evening.

Enquiries reveal that the Committee, whose long-pending demand for additional services in the Thirumalpur-Chennai Beach (T-CB) section had failed to evoke a favourable response, has now suggested that introduction of fast EMU services between Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu would help reduce overcrowding in the T-CB section to some extent. Most commuters from Chengalpattu preferred to board the T-CB service after the fast EMUs to Chennai were suspended two years ago for gauge conversion work. Urging the Southern Railway to expedite the work of electrification of Thakkolam-Arakonam section, the Committee demanded that auto-warning bells be installed at unmanned level crossings in this section.

It had also demanded a railway station at Little Kancheepuram and construction of a road-over bridge at Ponnerikarai. Pointing out that commuter patronage for bus services operated on route number 79 between Kancheepuram and Chennai (Ashok Pillar/Tambaram) operated by the State Transport Corporation always remain high, the Committee suggested that new EMU services or at least one fast EMU could be introduced between Kancheepuram and Chennai Beach for the benefit of commuters.

It urged the Railways to consider their long pending request for stoppage at Old Railway Station for express trains. Introduction of new train services between Villupuram and Bangalore and from Tirupati to Tindivanam passing through Kancheepuram and laying of a new track between Chennai-Cheyyar via Rajiv Gandhi Memorial at Sriperumpudur and Kancheepuram were some of the demands.