MPs demand more train services, facilities in Malabar

The Railway Ministry is yet to take a decision on approving the development of the Kozhikode railway station under the Swiss Challenge Method.   | Photo Credit: S. Ramesh Kurup

Parliament members from north Kerala have urged Southern Railway General Manager Rahul Jain to run more train services and launch development projects for the benefit of rail commuters in Malabar.

During talks held with the General Manager in the State capital on Wednesday, M.K. Raghavan, Kozhikode MP, who is also the chairman of the advisory committee in Palakkad Division, said that the development of Kozhikode railway station should be given utmost priority for railway connectivity in the Malabar region.

He said that the Railway Ministry was yet to take a decision on approving the development of the Kozhikode railway station under the Swiss Challenge Method. The approval of the Standing Technical Committee and Standing Finance Committee had to be secured for preparing the Detailed Project Report, he pointed out.

He said that Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train services should be started from Kozhikode to various destinations in north Kerala.

The Railway Board should give its nod for a new rail line between Kozhikode and Angadipuram for which a survey had already been carried out, he said.

New trains should be introduced in the Kozhikode-Madurai and Kozhikode-Bengaluru sectors. Existing services should be extended to other stations as well.

Mr. Raghavan said that an ATM counter would be set up on the second platform at the station in Kozhikode.

Along with the development of the Kozhikode station, the railway authorities should improve facilities at Elathur,West Hill, Kallayi, Feroke and Kadalundi stations, he said.

Besides, parking slots for lorries should be facilitated at Kallayi and West Hill stations. A pit line should be established at West Hill though Railway officials said such a project was not feasible, he said.

Feroke station required space for parking of vehicles. Its existing roofing needs modernisation and lighting on platforms. Further the second platform should be raised and lengthened to avoid accidents. Also, it should have ATM facilities, Mr. Raghavan said.

He said that the General Manager had assured that new generation Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches that can travel at higher speeds will be provided for Parasuram Express, connecting Mangaluru with Thiruvananthapuram, and Nagercoil. A rail museum would also be set up at Kozhikode station, Mr. Raghavan said.

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