Tuticorin residents happy over daytime train service
: The railway budget presented by the Union Railway Minister P.K. Bansal on Tuesday evoked mixed response in the district.
According to the secretary of Kanyakumari District Railway Users Association, P. Edwar Jeni, he welcomed the announcement on Kanyakumari-Tirunelveli passenger train (56321) from 6 to 7 days; Nagercoil – Kanyakumari passenger train (56325) from 6 to 7 days; Tirunelveli - Nagercoil passenger train (56312) throughout the week; extension of Kollam-Nagarcoil MEMU to Kanyakumari (66304) and Nagercoil - Bangalore daily express via Tiruchi and Kanyakumari-Puducherry weekly.
However, the people of the district were disappointed as there was no announcement on new trains, including Kochuveli – Velankanni daily train via Nagercoil, Kanyakumari – Mangalore overnight train, increasing the frequency of Kanyakuamri - Nizamuddin bi-weekly to daily and extension of Tiruchi - Tirunelveli 22627/22628 intercity to Thiruvananthapuram.
The president of the association S.R. Sree Ram pointed out that passengers were disappointed as there was no mention about setting up of (long pending demand) a railway terminal at Kanyakumari, Karaikudi – Ramanathapuram – Tuticorin - Kanyakumari new railway line, doubling projects between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari (87 km) and Kanyakumri – Madurai doubling.
Tuticorin residents are happy following the announcement on a new daytime train service in the railway budget.
It was announced that a link express train from Tuticorin would connect the existing Guruvayur – Chennai express train at Vanchi Maniyachi.
The new daytime link train would have eight coaches. Besides, a new train from Tiruchendur to Palani would be made operational daily. Hailing the budget, members of the Tuticorin District Passengers’ Association and many people burst crackers and distributed sweets joyously in front of Tuticorin railway station.
It was a welcome relief to all rail passengers, who longed for the daytime service over a long period, D.R. Kodeeswaran, Secretary, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuticorin, said.
Passenger fare was not hiked and the chamber welcomed the move, he said.
The new daily service from Nagercoil to Bangalore and a weekly service from Kanyakumari to Puducherry announced in the budget would be a boon to southern region of Tamil Nadu, he said.
P.S.S.K. Raja Sankaralingam, president, All India Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Tuticorin, hailed the announcement on funds earmarked to the Rs.3, 800 crore for establishing Port connectivity lines and the launch of Wi Fi connectivity at all railway stations in the interest of passengers.
However, some people expressed doubt whether the Dwarakar express, the weekly express train, announced in the previous railway budget, would be functional from Tuticorin.