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Organisations demand additional train services for Pudukottai

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MP promises to impress upon the central government

One-to-one:MP P. Kumar listening to suggestions at a meeting convened for evaluating need-based train services in Pudukottai on Sunday.
One-to-one:MP P. Kumar listening to suggestions at a meeting convened for evaluating need-based train services in Pudukottai on Sunday.

Members of ‘Nagar Nala Iyakkam' - an umbrella organisation of representatives of various associations and service organisations in the town, on Sunday, has called for introducing new services to Pudukottai and extend some of the existing services to the town.

At a meeting convened for evaluating need-based train services and extension of other services through the town, the members urged P. Kumar, Member of Parliament, who presided over the meeting, to impress upon the central government to take immediate action in this regard.

Petition

At the end of a detailed discussion on their demands, the members submitted a petition to Mr. Kumar. They pleaded for introduction of new services between Thanjavur and Pudukottai via Gandarvakottai; from Madurai to Pudukottai via Melur; between Aranthangi and Pudukottai and from Manapparai to Pudukottai.

The memorandum also wanted the introductioin of a new train service between Tiruchi and Madurai via Pudukottai, Karaikudi and Manamadurai.

Similarly, a train linking Tiruchi and Tirunelveli should be operated through Pudukottai, Karaikudi, Manamadurai, Aruppukottai and Virudunagar.

R. Sampathkumar and Thangam Moorthy, both co-ordinators, emphasised the need for improving the train services in the district. They also wanted construction of road over bridges near the SIPCOT complex on the outskirts of Pudukottai town and at Namanasamuthiram on the outskirts of Tirumayam.

Mr. Kumar assured the members that he would initiate action to develop the train services.

He would also explain to railway authorities the need for operating two trains from Karaikudi – the Pallavan Express at 4.30 a.m. and the Palghat Express at 10.30 a.m. Presently, both services are being operated from Tiruchi at 6.30 a.m. and 1-00 p.m. respectively.

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