‘Do not close the manned railway gate at Kamudakudi’

Villagers of Kamudakudi at Ramanathapuram Collectorate on Monday.

Villagers of Kamudakudi at Ramanathapuram Collectorate on Monday.   | Photo Credit: L_Balachandar

This will curtail our access to the main road, say residents

Stating that the new Railway Over Bridge (ROB) at Kamudakudi as part of the four-laning of Madurai – Rameswaram national highway has curtailed their access to the main road, residents of Kamudakudi and five other villages have urged Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao to take up the issue with the Railways and help them to use the manned railway gate.

Led by village leader M. Azhagarsamy, residents of Kamudakudi and five villages in Kamudakudi panchayat, in their petition, said that they would be forced to travel four to six km extra to reach the main road on the other side of the railway gate through the service road if the existing manned railway gate was permanently closed.

Stating that the Madurai division of the Southern Railway has proposed to close the railway gate in view of the ROB, they said nearly 2,500 families residing in six villages, located south of the railway gate would be put to innumerable hardship due to this.

They had been using the manned railway gate all these years to reach the main road and travel to the district headquarters on the one side and Madurai on the other side, they said adding, the closure of the gate would force them to reach the main road by travelling four km to Ilandaikulam by the service road and another two km after taking an ‘U’ turn, they said.

School and college students, about 1,000 workers of the National Textile Corporation and those employed at the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation godown in Kamudakudi would be put to hardship if the railway gate was closed, they added. Besides, the residents would face difficulties in carrying bodies in the event of death as the cremation ground was located on the other side of the gate.

If the Railways had taken a policy decision to do away with manned and un-manned railway gates, it should provide a sub-way in lieu of the gate, they pleaded. Officials who received the petition on behalf of the Collector suggested that the Paramakudi Sub-Collector could arrange a meeting between the Railway officials and villagers and sort out the issue.

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