Extend train to Thanjavur
The Train No. 56873 Villupuram-Mayiladuthurai Passenger leaves Villupuram at 6 a.m. and arrives at Mayiladuthurai by 9 a.m. In return, the train leaves Mayiladuthirai at 3.35 p.m. towards Villupuram.
The formation comprising 10 bogies and one Engine is kept ideal up to evening 3.35 p.m. Instead the train could be shuttled up to Thanjavur, as it would be a great boon to the commuters . In morning peak hours all buses proceeding to Kumbakonam and Thanjavur are crowded .
General public who depend on bus service are the sufferers as there are no train service between 8.10 a.m. and 11.20 a.m. from Mayiladuthurai to Thanjavur. Last train to leave Mayiladuthurai towards Thajavur is 16233 Mayiladuthurai- Tiruchirapalli Express which leaves Mayiladuthurai at10 am and next train is Tirunelveli Passenger which is at 11.20 a.m.
Moreover there is no direct train service available to Chidambaram, Cuddalore, Panruti from Thanjavur and Kumbakonam. So I request the railway officials to to extend the train service of 56873 upto Thanjavur.
Curb open ticket travellers
Of late unauthorised travel even in the reserved coaches in superfast trains like Pallavan express has become the order of the day (‘It’s free for all in day trains’, Oct 9). It appears that TTEs job ends with checking tickets and they turn a blind eye to passengers travelling in reserved coaches with open tickets. Repeated pleas by passengers fall on the deaf ears. Only reserved/wait-listed passengers should be allowed to embark on reserved coaches at Tiruchi. TTEs with the help of RPF must nab unauthorised travellers at Ariyalur where the problem is at its worst.
A friend of mine travels to Chennai every week end. Of late he says that no TTE is found checking the tickets in both the direction. This will only lead to people without reserved tickets to travel on reserved coaches and pose hardship to the passengers.
Remove silt in water body
Near the main entrance of Thanjavur Medical College a pond on the way to Manojipatti is under disuse. Several years back the pond was ground water recharger . But now the pond has become a dump yard for waste. I request the municipal authorities and TWAD board officials to restrict persons who dumb garbage and remove silt from the pond .
Kudos to new initiative
Kudos to Thanjavur Municipality for having opened a SMS complaint Cell to receive petitions from the public on various civic issues. Such unique methods should be emulated by the entire urban local bodies in the state.
R. S. Moorthy,
Display bus timings
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation is operating buses to Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Palani, etc, from Kumbakonam and Thanjavur. But the people are not aware of the timings of these buses. I request the TNSTC authorities to display the departure timings of the long distance buses in a prominent way in both Kumbakonam and Thanjavur bus stands.
Don’t change track
Although the demand of the Tiruvarur District Rail Users’ Association to divert the Mannai Express via Tiruvarur and Mayiladuthurai is justified, as it is the shortest route. If implemented it will cause much hardship to the commuters from Thanjavur and Kumbakonam. Hence, I request the railways authorities to continue to operate the Mannai Express via Thanjavur .
Suhail Ahmed Bijli,
Commodities via PDS shops
The only way to check the spiralling price rise of essential commodities is to distribute commodities through fair price shops at subsidised rate. People will escape economic pressure due to rising prices of edible oil and other grocery items.
Set up fire station
Recently a fire accident took place at Taqwa market in Adirampattinam. Fire and rescue personnel took time to reach the spot from Pattukkottai and Peravurani. Due to the delay, the fire spread to neighbouring shops. The Government should take steps to set up a fire station in Adiramapttinam to handle such an urgency situation.
Prof. A. Haja Abdul Khader,