: Members of Federation of All industrial and Traders Association of Kumbakonam and Rail Passengers Association staged a demonstration in front of Kumbakonam railway station on Saturday demanding introduction of an overnight express train from Thanjavur to Chennai immediately.
They said the Karaikal-Chennai-Karaikal express at present being operated via Thanjavur and Kumbakonam will be diverted via Tiruvarur and Mayiladuthurai from October 11. So Kumbakonam passengers will loose the reservation quota of the Karaikal–Chennai express. With a view to help Kumbakonam passengers, a night train should be introduced from Thanjavur to Chennai via Kumbakonam.
They raised slogans condemning the railways for neglecting the main line by not introducing new trains to meet the demands, and also demanding restoration of all trains operated in the erstwhile MG section.
They urged MPs and Ministers to raise their voice in support of the demand for more trains.
A.S.A.M. Adiyan Chettiyar, chairman of the Federation of All industrial and Traders Association of Kumbakonam, led the agitation. V. Sathiyanarayanan, it secretary, P. K. T. Shanmugam, secretary, Thanjavur District Rail Users’ Association, A. Giri, vice-president, M. Rajasekar, President, Bar Association, Kumbakonam, Saravanan, secretary, Papanasam Rail Users’ Association, spoke in support of the demands.
A memorandum containing the demands was submitted to the Kumbakonam railway authorities.