The Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, has expressed regret over the cancellation of the Tiruchi-Bangalore special train and appealed to the Southern Railway to continue it.

In a statement issued here, S.Pushpavanam, Secretary of the council, pointed out that the special train has been receiving good patronage and its cancellation has put passengers to hardship. During the Deepavali festival period, its absence is being felt very much, he said.

Though paucity of rolling stock has resulted in cancellation of the special train, the council suggested that coaches from States where there is no heavy rush for Deepavali be requisitioned and used in Tiruchi-Chennai and Tiruchi-Bangalore sectors.

Mr.Pushpavanam said that sleeper coaches S1 to S10 attached to the Cholan Express go literally empty because of the prohibitive fare. Two coaches should be enough to accommodate all the passengers who wish to travel in sleeper coaches and the rest of the 8 coaches should be utilised to run special trains. It was a clear waste of resources that coaches should go empty when there was a huge rush for Deepavali in every direction in Tamil Nadu.

Better utilisation of coaches would be profitable and encourage the Railways to continue the Tiruchi-Bangalore special on a long term basis. The Railways should not miss the opportunity to earn revenue by judiciously allotting coaches where they are needed, he said and appealed to the Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Kishan to initiate steps on a war footing to ease the demand on railway berths and seats.