Tiruchirapalli

Rail users place train of demands at meet

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Presided over by Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, and attended by DRUCC members

Operation of a day-time train to Bengaluru from Tiruchi, introduction of an additional overnight train to Tambaram from Thanjavur, or restoration of the old Tuticorin–Chennai Janata Express via main line section, and augmentation of passenger amenities were among a slew of demands raised during the Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) meeting held here on Tuesday.

Lasting around two hours, the meeting presided over by the Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, Ajay Kumar was attended by DRUCC members and divisional railway officers from various departments here.

L.A. Kannan, DRUCC member from Tiruchi, urged the railway administration to operate a day-time train from Tiruchi to Bengaluru in view of heavy passenger movement between the two cities.

Replying to his plea, the railway authorities said introduction of a new train was a policy matter to be decided at the Zonal and Railway Board level. A proposal containing the demand would be forwarded to the headquarters with commercial justification.

Mr. Kannan complained that drinking water was not available on platforms at Tiruchi junction forcing travellers to purchase bottled water.

He urged the railway authorities to provide good drinking water on platforms keeping in mind the poorer sections. He claimed that ticket checking was not being done in Tiruchi–Thiruvananthapuram Intercity Express leading to loss of revenue to railways.

A. Giri, DRUCC member from Kumbakonam, appealed to authorities to introduce an additional overnight train from Thanjavur to Tambaram or restore the old Tuticorin–Chennai Janata Express, which was being operated when the mainline section was metre gauge.

The demand was made citing the high occupancy ratio of Thanjavur–Chennai Uzhavan and Rameswaram–Chennai Boat Mail expresses.

Mr. Giri said the railway authorities had informed that a proposal would be forwarded to the headquarters for operation of an additional train.

He also appealed for diversion of Mayiladuthurai–Mysore Express via Namakkal to save running time and avoid loco reversal at Erode junction.

T. Saravanan from Papanasam sought stoppage of Rameswaram–Chennai Express at Papanasam station.

He said the platform at Papanasam station was damaged and sought steps to rectify the problem for the benefit of passengers. Installation of coach indication boards at Papanasam was another demand raised by Mr. Saravanan.

Railway officials replied that tenders had been floated for installation of coach indication boards.

A.S.M. Kannan from Ariyalur appealed to the railway authorities to receive important trains on the first platform at Ariyalur station.

The officials replied that this would be done once remodelling of yard works was completed without affecting the punctuality of trains.

V.R. Dhanaseelane from Karaikal wanted attachment of additional four coaches in Tiruchi – Karaikal DEMU train that was being operated in the evening since more number of passengers were using the train.

Railway officials assured him that efforts would be made to augment the coaches in the train.

The members also raised the issue of operating new train services in the newly broad gauge converted section from Tiruvarur to Karaikudi.

The officials replied that one pair of DEMU passenger special was being operated in the section and that there was no proposal to introduce new trains as of now.

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