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TOO FEW FOR TOO MANY: Passengers battling it out to board a train at the Coimbatore Railway Junction. — .
TOO FEW FOR TOO MANY: Passengers battling it out to board a train at the Coimbatore Railway Junction. — .

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The source of drinking water is from a contaminated water body: forum

Coimbatore: The Tamil Nadu Consumer Welfare Centre has flayed the railways for not providing the basic amenities at the Coimbatore Junction.

President of the Centre J.V. George in a memorandum to the Railways Minister Mamata Banerji pointed out that the neglect of Coimbatore Junction, in spite of all its revenue potentials, were continuing in spite of the fact that Coimbatore happens to be the second largest revenue earning centre for Southern Railway next to Chennai.

Mr. George sought opening of additional ticket reservation counters and two more counters to issue current journey tickets.

There had been instances of passengers missing the trains while waiting in the queue for getting an open ticket.

Mr. George also expressed concern at the quality of drinking water provided to the public. The source of drinking water is from a contaminated water body.

Mr. George also flayed the cancellation of the Coimbatore – Sengottah train which was the sought after connectivity with the southern districts. He also wanted the Minister to instruct the officials at Coimbatore Junction to accept requests for release of emergency quota rather than forcing the public to fax the same to Salem Divisional office. He also sought introduction of an overnight express train to Bangalore from Coimbatore and vice-versa. At present, the lone day-time train had been extended to Ernakulam thus reducing the availability of accommodation and getting seats in the Kanyakumari – Bangalore Island Express remains an impossible task. As a result, over 15 omni buses are thriving on the Coimbatore – Bangalore sector.

Mr. George also reminded the need for extending the Bangalore – Jabalpur train to Coimbatore thus providing connectivity to Bangalore besides benefitting the people from Rajasthan and Gujarat.

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