Consumer forum seeks more trains from city to Madurai

Coimbatore: A city-based consumer forum has sought more trains along the Coimbatore-Madurai route and connect them till Tuticorin, so that the industrial hub would be connected to the port city, thereby not only increasing connectivity but also helping industry and trade.
The forum also sought that the district be trifurcated in terms of train services. Some trains be operated from Podanur station and North Coimbatore station so that the Coimbatore Junction is decongested.

Citizens Voice Coimbatore, a consumer-forum from the city, has written to the minister of railways requesting the above-said and other demands relating to services and the maintenance of railway stations in the district.

President of the forum C M Jayaraman said the long-standing requests were represented to the Union minister of state for railways when he had come to the city around three months back.

“The minister has promised to fulfil our requests, but nothing has been done so far. So, we have written to the minister of railways,” he said.

While earlier there were six trains from the city to Madurai, they were discontinued and now only one train, the Madurai passenger which departs at 1.45pm and reaches Madurai at 7.45pm, operates between the two destinations, he said.

“We are asking for the suspended trains to be resumed,” he said.

The forum also sought a train connectivity from Coimbatore via Pollachi and Palani to Madurai, Rameshwaram and Tuticorin. “This will link the industrial and textile hub of Coimbatore, vegetable town of Oddanchatram, temple towns like Palani, Madurai and Rameshwaram with the Port City,” the forum said in its representation.

To reduce congestion in the Coimbatore Junction, trains going to Kerala and Madurai can depart from North Coimbatore Junction while trains to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai can start from Podanur railway station, Jayaraman said.

He said passengers were being charged full for Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) seats. “Even if the berth is not confirmed, passengers end up paying the full fare. This should be changed, and berth fare should be collected only if it is confirmed,” said Jayaraman. The forum’s representation added that some superfast express trains are delayed which causes inconvenience to passengers. In such cases the passengers should be given a refund and if superfast expresses habitually run late, they should be treated as express trains, the forum sought.

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