The residents of Tuticorin are looking forward to the introduction of a daytime rail service to Madurai. Much to the demands of the commuters, efforts are being made with the Southern Railway, Madurai division authorities to launch the service at the earliest, M. Piramanayagam, Secretary, Tuticorin Passengers’ Welfare Association, has said here on Saturday.
As a fast growing port city on the east coast, Tuticorin has witnessed an exponential growth in industrialisation and trade operations. “With logistic support of V.O. Chidambaranar Port, an economic hub of various large industries, international maritime trade is also seeing a growing trend.
Despite having potential landmarks, absence of the daytime train facility to Tuticorin, has disappointed the people here. With the existing three main rail services from Tuticorin to Mysore, Chennai and Coimbatore enroute Madurai in the evening hours, there is an imperative need for a train service to cater to those undertaking journey to Madurai in the morning hours,” he said.
It was unfortunate that except for Tuticorin, the much sought after daytime rail services were being operated between Nagercoil junction, Tirunelveli junction, Shencottah-Rameswaram, Virudhunagar junction, Dindigul junction and Madurai junction, whereas the train facility is yet to be extended from Tuticorin in the morning hours.
D.R. Kodeeswaran, Secretary, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuticorin said it would be a boon to the traders and industrialists, who frequent Tuticorin on business. The ICCI has been urging the need for such rail services at regular intervals with the Railway officials to get the facility soon. Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, Madurai, A.K. Rastogi paid a visit to the Tuticorin railway station on July 28. It was then informed that a passenger service connecting Tuticorin and Madurai during daytime in the form of Guruvayur express slip coaches would be started soon. If the service was made operational, Tuticorin passengers would get the connectivity to Madurai and Chennai as well, he said.