Coimbatore

Salem-Karur ‘Sewa’ train services flagged off

Divisional Railway Manager U.Subba Rao (third right), S.R.Parthibhan, MP(fourth right), and senior Railway officials flagging off the regular service of Salem-Karur passenger at the Salem junction on Tuesday.

Divisional Railway Manager U.Subba Rao (third right), S.R.Parthibhan, MP(fourth right), and senior Railway officials flagging off the regular service of Salem-Karur passenger at the Salem junction on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: E_LakshmiNarayanan

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off the services of three ‘Sewa’ trains in Salem Division through video conferencing on Tuesday.

At a function held at the Salem Railway Junction, Divisional Railway Manager U.Subba Rao, S.R. Parthibhan, MP, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager E. Harikrishnan and other senior officials flagged off the services of Salem-Karur passenger from platform 1.

According to Railway officials, train no.76801 Salem-Karur DEMU service will depart from Salem at 1.40 p.m. and reach Karur at 3.25 p.m. the same day. Train no.76802 Karur-Salem DEMU service will depart from Karur at 11.40 a.m. and reach Salem at 1.25 p.m. The trains will stop at Vangal, Mohanur, Namakkal, Kalangani, Rasipuram and Mallur. The trains will be operated on six days a week, except on Sundays.

According to the officials, the Salem-Karur passenger will run till Trichy with a different number after a halt of about 15 minutes at Karur.

Mr. Subba Rao said, “the train was earlier operated in the route on experimental basis for almost a year and it had 80% occupancy. Based on its success, we decided to make it a permanent service.” He added that the services of Coimbatore- Palani- Coimbatore passenger and Pollachi- Coimbatore- Pollachi passenger were also flagged off on the day.

Mr. Subba Rao also said the Division was taking various measures to improve passenger amenities in Salem junction and mentioned that lifts and escalator services would be available on platform 5 soon.

G. Elangavi, Zonal Railway Consultative Committee member, took part.

New trains proposed

Later, Mr. Subba Rao said to presspersons that they had sent proposals for services of new trains from Coimbatore.

He said that they had sent proposals to operate new trains from Coimbatore to Madurai via Pollachi and Palani. They had been frequently proposing a night train between Coimbatore and Bengaluru and it was not sanctioned due to lack of terminal capacity in Bengaluru station.

He added that for Deepavali, special trains would be announced and they had received sanctions to run a train between Coimbatore and Howrah on Thursdays.

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