Coimbatore Corporation has decided to help improve infrastructure at the railway station in Thdiyalur. The Corporation at its monthly Council meeting January 31 said that pursuant a communication dated August 7, 2010 from the Divisional Commercial Manager, Salem, the erstwhile Thudiyalur Town Panchayat placed a subject before the Councillors, who approved of the same.

The proposal the Divisional Commercial Manager had sent to the local body covered drinking water facility, public convenience facility, 100 sq ft station master room and repair to platform.

Based on the Thudiyalur Town Panchayat’s approval on August 18, 2010, the Corporation took up the issue and passed a resolution on January 31.

Citing this approval, P.R. Natarajan, MP, said on Saturday that the Corporation should take up more of those stations on the Coimbatore – Mettupalayam line that were within its limits. He was speaking at a meeting held here at the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore to discuss ways and means to improve freight movement from Coimbatore.

He suggested that the Corporation could take up Urumandampalayam as well.

His suggestion was in response to Divisional Railway Manager Sujatha Jayaraj stating that under the Indian Railway’s Shramdan Scheme, local bodies, non-government organisations of industries could help improve railway stations that were in disuse or very poor condition.

The representatives of the Chamber and others asked Ms. Jayaraj that the Salem Railway Division improve Periyanaickenpalayam, Urumandampalayam, Veerapandipudur, Pudupalayam, and Thudiyalur stations on the Coimbatore – Mettupalayam stretch.

Mr. Natarajan said that it may not be possible for all local bodies to improve infrastructure as their financial strength was poor. Coimbatore Corporation was an exception.

He suggested that industries could also come forward to maintain a few stations.

Meanwhile, the Railway Electrification wing was in the process of starting work on electrification of the Coimbatore – Mettupalayam stretch. As a first step it had called for tenders, she added.

Coimbatore Corporation has passed a resolution in this regard on January 31