Kerala

Train diversion puts pilgrims to harship

Restore normal traffic on the Kollam-Kottayam route: ABASS

The diversion of 10 major trains on the Kottayam-Kollam route via Alappuzha has put a large number of Sabarimala pilgrims to hardship, the Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sanghom (ABASS) national executive member D. Vijayakumar has alleged

According to Mr. Vijayakumar, many pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana were put to task with the diversion of trains, including Kerala Express, Sabari Express, and Jayanti Janata Express, from December 12 to 23 reportedly to facilitate rail doubling works at Chingavanom.

Mr. Vijayakumar said it was for the fifth consecutive year that the Railways had been playing such kind of mischief to trouble the pilgrims during the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrim season, citing one or the other reason.

Pilgrims have to now alight in Kottayam or Chengannur railway station to proceed from there to Sabarimala by road. Thousands of devotees have booked their rail tickets to Chengannur and Kottayam much in advance. But, the Railways had disrupted their entire plans, putting them to untold misery, the ABASS leader said.

The Nagercoil-Mangalore Parasuram Express and Kochuveli-Mumbai Lokamanya Tilak Express were also among the major trains on the Kottayam-Kollam route that had been diverted through Alappuzha, he said.

Mr. Vijayakumar called upon the Railways to restore normal traffic on the Kollam-Kottayam route by halting the doubling work for the next one month.

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