The Divisional Manager, Southern Railway (Madurai Division), gave an assurance in 2007 that the Tuticorin railway station would be upgraded into a ‘model station,’ enhancing the infrastructure by leaps and bounds, but it is yet to be implemented.

To begin with, the station is too narrow in length and breadth. As a result, it cannot be utilised for handling the high volume of trains.

Second, the kiosks in the railway station are always out of order. Most of the time, the passengers are finding it very difficult to check the status of their tickets. To top it all, the train services from Tuticorin leave a lot to be desired. Till date, the people are dependent on the Pearl City Express – which is the only train service to Chennai from the city.

In fact, the city on the whole does not have proper rail infrastructure. For example, there is no proper rail link between Tuticorin and Tirunelveli. And Tuticorin lacks better connectivity to the major business destinations and port towns. P. Senthil Saravana Durai,

Vazhavallan.

Maintenance of toilets

This has reference to the poor maintenance of free urinal and toilet facilities in the New Central Bus stand complex in Tirunelveli. There is no proper water supply. The doors of most of the toilets are broken while a few others remain locked always.

Also there are no taps in the wash basin. As the reason open space and roadside ditches surrounding the platforms are utilised for the purpose which could result in serious public health. The state is worse in junction old bus stand where there is no fee for using toilets.

Recently, in Madurai Corporation free toilets have been opened for public use, which are maintained by private bodies/organisations sponsored by industrialists. Implementing such a participatory, demand-based programme in Tirunelveli Corporation is urgent.

M. Muralidharan,

Alwarkurichi.

Collect letters on time

There is a sub-post office at Caldwell Colony, Tuticorin, and a post box is attached to it outside. Only one clearance time is shown on it as 15.30 hours. But letters are collected haphazardly say sometimes even as early as 12 noon or 13 hours.

Similar irregularity took place two or three years ago, but after reporting the matter to the authorities concerned, the clearance time was strictly followed.

But during the past one year or so normalcy is not seen observed.

Emerson R Samuel,

Tuticorin.

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