What happened to the Palakkad-Erode MEMU train (via Coimbatore Junction) service?
It must be remembered that during last year's railway budget, i.e., 2012 -13, a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train service from Erode to Palakkad (daily) was announced. One can find details of Train Nos. 66608 / 09 published in Table Nos.36 & 37 in the Southern Zonal railway time table (latest) with arrival / departure timings in various stations through which the train would pass through. But, regrettably this train service remains only on paper and is yet to be inaugurated.
With the Railway Board deciding on issuing annual (yearly) season tickets and half-yearly season tickets (in addition to the existing monthly and quarterly season tickets) there would be more passengers seeking such suburban trains. The hassles of frequent renewals of season tickets in monthly or quarterly basis can be avoided by such season tickets of longer duration. Hope at least before the next time table comes to effect, this Palakkad - Erode MEMU train is on track!
It defies logic when we try to reason out why the western end of Thadagam Link Road in Saibaba Colony (located diagonally opposite to the third gate of Government College of Technology) has been left in a messy condition for almost a year after the completion of the storm water drain work taken up last year.
The stretch of the drain, at the Thadagam main road-Thadagam Link road junction, has been covered with concrete slabs, which protrude to a height of almost a foot from the road level. The tall iron barricade provided at this point to serve as a check-post (whenever needed) has fallen down across the link road and this, along with the protruding concrete slabs, blocks the movement of vehicles wanting to enter Thadagam main road. The residents of the link road are forced to take a circuitous route. It will be of immense help to the residents here, if needful action is taken to restore the road to its normal condition without further delay.
The citizens of Coimbatore must be immensely happy to see the recent press statements on the slew of steps being taken by the Coimbatore Corporation, towards prompt attention for effective redressal of grievances in matters of water supply, street lights, drainage, sanitation etc.
I feel that simultaneously, the Corporation should devote its attention to take possession of lands reserved in the approved layouts for public purposes, but are wrongfully being occupied by individuals, and to put them to effective public use. The lands earmarked for public purposes in the layouts of Kothari Layout and B.R. Nagar on the Trichy Road, approved by the Town and Country Planning Authorities in 1976, are still left neglected and unutilised, without serving any public purpose. There may be several more such cases.
As a first step, the Corporation may publish the names of the approved layouts and the areas reserved for public purposes, in the local dailies, as a precaution against purchase of such land by the gullible public.
Our LML Colony Ward 55 has uncovered ridges due to excavation of sand and stones and it becomes difficult for road users since the UGD work started. Motorists experience hardship while using the road because of uneven patches.
Will the appropriate authorities take action?