TAMIL NADU

Trains to south still a distant dream

V.S. Palaniappan

Coimbatore: With two more months to go for the next Railway Budget, the introduction of an overnight Coimbatore – Nagercoil Express continues to remain a dream despite the same having been announced in the last Railway Budget.

Despite having a large number of migrant population from southern districts and being the second largest revenue generator for Southern Railway, Coimbatore is still not well connected by train services with these districts. resulted in at least a dozen omni buses operating close to 40 services a day to various destinations in southern districts charging exorbitant rates and adding pressure on road traffic, said C.M. Jayaraman, vice-president of the Citizens Voice Club.

Salem Division

People were confident that an overnight train between Coimbatore and Nagercoil would become a reality when the new railway division at Salem comes into existence.

But there were no signs of it happening. The refrain of the railway was that enough coaches were not available for operating a pair of trains.

Extension

Railway authorities were not ready to extend the Thiruvananthapuram – Palakkad Amrita Express up to Mettuppalayam, which would also benefit several thousands of Keralites living in and around Western Tamil Nadu.

Railway should make use of the space available either at Podanur or at North Coimbatore to create a terminal and coach maintenance facilities.

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