Steps will be taken to use the newly-laid Salem-Karur railway line effectively, said Husain Dalwai, MP, here on Tuesday.

He was here as part of a four-member team of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways.

“Only two passenger trains ply on the sector as of now. There is need for optimal use of the resources by diverting trains or operating new ones,” he added.

The team inspected the Salem Railway Junction and held discussions with the Divisional Railway officials here on Tuesday.

The team inspected the platforms, passenger reservation counters, and sought to know from the officials about the security system in place at the junction.

The team asked officials to immediately repair the surveillance cameras on the premises and electronic display boards.

Rudra Madhab Ray, MP, told reporters that the team would study the functioning of the division, running of trains on time, financial and administrative status, vacancies at various level and passenger amenities.

Members of the Rajasthani Association submitted a petition to Om Prakash Mathur demanding that the Coimbatore – Bikaner Weekly train extended to Salem Junction.

The labour wing of BJP submitted a petition demanding that a train to Chennai be run from Salem.

The petition said that the timings of the Salem – Karur passenger train be changed and a new EMU service be introduced to connect Bangalore and Palakkad.

Later, the team held discussions with Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra; Divisional Railway Manager Sujatha Jayaraj; and other railway officials.