Hyderabad

Singareni passenger train with conventional coaches reintroduced

To run between Bhadrachalam Road and Sirpur Kagaznagar

The Singareni passenger train with conventional coaches was on Saturday reintroduced between Bhadrachalam Road railway station in the coal hub of Kothagudem and Sirpur Kagaznagar in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district.

The most-sought-after passenger train named after the Singareni, denoting the birthplace of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), was revived following the representations made by Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao and other elected representatives of the coal belt, sources said.

The move follows a series of protests by commuters of the coal belt areas against the replacement of the conventional coaches of the train with Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) rakes earlier this year.

Since then, associations representing a cross section of society have been demanding revival of the Singareni passenger train with conventional coaches, resenting lack of adequate toilets and “poor passenger amenities” in the push-pull (MEMU) coaches.

Mr Nama Nageswara Rao and other elected representatives apprised South Central Railways (SCR) General Manager Gajanan Mallya of the popular public demand for the restoration of the Singareni passenger train with conventional rakes during the latter's visit to Kothagudem in September this year.

The train with 14 conventional coaches departed from Bhadrachalam Road (Kothagudem) station at 6.45 am, sources said.

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