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Rail user body submits wish list to ministry

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Coach facility, new trains part of the demand

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On the eve of the presentation of the Railway Budget, the Thanjavur District Rail Users’ Association has put forward its wish list to the railway ministry.

Allocation of more funds for better amenities, opening of a coach facility, introduction of a new train and increasing the frequency of another forms part of the wish list of the association.

The association vice-president, A.Giri, appealed to the Railway Ministry to introduce a new train from Thanjavur to Mumbai CST via main line to connect various pilgrim centres such as Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Chidambaram, Tirupati, and Mantralayam.

The rail user body wanted the ministry to make the well patronised Rameswaram-Varanasi and Rameswaram-Tirupati expresses as daily trains.

Establishment of a coach terminal facility at Kumbakonam for easy operation of more long distance trains, allocation of more funds for improvement of amenities including establishment of a Rail Yatri Nivas at Kumbakonam in view of the Mahamaham festival, allocation of entire funds required for completion of Ponmalai-Thanjavur doubling project well before the Mahamaham festival next year, approval for the already surveyed Kumbakonam-Vriddhachalam, Thanjavur-Ariyalur, and Thanjavur-Pattukottai new railway lines, short termination of Pallavan Express at Tiruchi and extension of the Chennai Egmore-Tiruchi Cholan Express up to Karaikudi were among the other demands of the association.

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