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Superfast Special train to clear rush

NEW DELHI: To clear extra rush of passengers, Northern Railway will run a “Superfast Special” train from Varanasi to Hazrat Nizamuddin. This train will depart from Varanasi on November 1 at 4-45 p.m. and reach Hazrat Nizamuddin at 6-55 a.m. the next day.


World class amenities at railway station stressed

VISAKHAPATNAM: For a fast growing city like Visakhapatnam, described as 'a jewel on the coramandel coast', infrastructure and other facilities available at the Visakhapatnam railway station are woefully inadequate and the need of the hour is to plan and develop it as 'world class station' keeping in mind the requirements needed in next two decades. According to senior officials, the snail's pace of development witnessed at present failed to meet the demand. In terms of revenue, of the 67 railway divisions, Waltair Division is the second largest revenue earner and it deserves a special status.

Senior officials point out to the exponential growth and the new avenues that would be required. The sub-urban traffic is expected to increase by leaps and bounds. Because of the economic boom that would be witnessed after development of coastal corridor, new urban areas and satellite towns would emerge. There would be great demand for sub-urban trains.

Other facilities: As of now there are only a few EMUs and DMUs (electrical multiple units and diesel multiple units) running between Visakhapatnam-Kakinada and Visakhapatnam-Rayagada, which are always over crowded, an indication that more such services are required.

According to officials, the stations at Simhachalam, Duvvada, Pendurthi, Kottavalasa besides, Visakhapatnam require immediate up-gradation and improved amenities for commuters. Improvement of line capacity between Visakhapatnam and Gopalapatnam is another immediate necessity. Because of single line, the journey between Duvvada and Visakhapatnam, a distance of just 20 km, always irritates commuters. A world class station would have facilities like hotels, kiosks, escalators, internet facilities, book stalls, cabs, travel guides for site seeing. These can be provided at Visakhapatnam station with proper planning. According officials, it would not require huge amounts. At places like Puchaladibba (20 acres), and loco sidings (15 acres) in Visakhapatnam, sufficient land is also available for development.

People in these parts have a feeling that Visakhapatnam is subjected to discriminatory treatment because it is under ECoR. Member of Parliamentary Committee on Railways, Nandi Yellaiah echoed these feelings and said that it only showed the callous attitude and gross negligence meted out to Waltair Division. He demanded more trains from Visakhapatnam to Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad and a Rajdhani Express from Hyderabad to New Delhi touching Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.


Inter-city train between Coimbatore, Kochi demanded

Tirupur: K. Subbarayan, MP, has asked the Railway Ministry to include Coimbatore and Tirupur in the diligent exercise of infrastructure development and connectivity considering the prominence of the region in the global industrial map.

Mr. Subbarayan told The Hindu that a representation had been submitted to introduce a daily inter-city express from Coimbatore to Kochi during day hours.

Similarly, a railway link between Tirupur and Karur through Kangayam and Vellakoil should be established to reduce travelling time between Tirupur and the port city of Tuticorin.

Considering the enormous growth in employment in the textile sector, new hourly shuttle services connecting Erode, Palakkad and Mettupalayam with Coimbatore should be operated for the benefit of migrant labourers coming from the peripheral regions.

Mr. Subbarayan said an appeal had been made to construct a road overbridge across the railway crossing situated along the national highway connecting Coimbatore with Dindigul at Eachanari, to ease the traffic congestion during the closure of gate. Similarly, facilities at Coimbatore railway station should be improved by extending platforms and setting up special ticket counters, additional waiting rooms, more subways and refreshment rooms.


Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run special trains to Nagercoil and Coimbatore.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Specials: Train No. 0619 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on November 7, 9, and 14 and reach Nagercoil at 2.30 p.m., the next day. Train No. 0620 will leave Nagercoil at 8.10 p.m., on November 8, 10, and 15 and arrive Egmore at 10.15 a.m., the next day.

Chennai Central - Coimbatore Specials: Train No. 0675 will leave Central at 10.20 p.m., on November 7 and reach Coimbatore at 7 a.m. the next day. Train No. 0676 will leave Coimbatore at 11.45 p.m., on November 9 and arrive Central at 8.30 a.m., the next day.

Reservation will commence on November 1, a Southern Railway release said.


Special trains on Monday

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate four additional passenger specials from Tiruchendur and two from Tirunelveli on November 3 for the convenience of pilgrims visiting the Subramaniaswamy Temple for Kanda Sashti festival.

According to a press release, passenger special 1 will leave Tiruchendur at 9.40 a.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 11.25 a.m.

Passenger special 2 will leave Tiruchendur at 4.15 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 5.45 p.m. Passenger special 3 will leave Tiruchendur at 8.30 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 10.20 p.m. Passenger special 4 will leave Tiruchendur at 10.05 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 11.40 p.m.
Passenger special 1 will leave Tirunelveli at 9.30 a.m. and reach Tiruchendur at 11.15 a.m. Passenger special 2 will leave 1 p.m. and reach Tiruchendur at 2.45 p.m.


Train service from Rameswaram to Chennai to be flagged off today

RAMANATHAPURAM: The people of Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts heaved a sigh of relief following the introduction of additional direct train service from Rameswaram to Chennai, which is to be flagged off on Saturday.

Passengers who faced inconvenience with the timings of the the existing Sethu Express would reach Chennai early .

According to N. Venugopal, Senior Public Information Officer, Southern Railway, Madurai, Train No 6102 Rameswaram-Chennai Egmore express will leave Rameswaram at 5 p.m. and reach Egmore at 6.40 a.m.

It will come to Ramanathapuram at 6.15 p.m.

It reaches Sivaganga and Karaikudi at 10.20 p.m. and 11.20 p.m. respectively.

In the return direction, the train No 6101 Chennai Egmore-Rameswaram express will leave Egmore at 7.55 p.m. and reach Rameswaram at 9 a.m. the next day.

It will stop at Karaikudi and Sivaganga at 4.20 a.m. and 5.20 a.m.

It will reach Ramanathapuram at 7.15 a.m.

The train will stop at Mandapam, Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi, Manamadurai, Sivaganga, Devakotta road, Karaikudi, Chettinad, Pudukottai, Tiruchi, Villupuram, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu and Tambaram.

While welcoming the additional train to Chennai, S. Nallamuthu, Area Commander, Home Guard, said the timings would satisfy most of the passengers of Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts.

M. Dhanabalan, president, Chamber of Commerce, Ramanathapuram district said the Southern Railway should consider the demand of operating a train to Coimbatore, which had been stopped in view of broad gauge work in Pollachi region, via Tiruchi or Erode.

Source: The Hindu


New rail line fires Wayanad's hopes

The newly-opened Nanjangud-Chamarajnagar broad gauge line in Karnataka kindles the hopes of the people of Wayanad.The proximity and geographical features are the positive factors in favour of establishing a railway link between Nanjangud and the hilly district of Wayanad. Since Wayanad is a part of the Deccan plateau, there would not be any steep inclines or hair-pin turnings in the line.

Moreover, the Nanjangud railway station is only 70 km away from the district border, K.P. Thomas, chairman of the Nilambur-Nanjangud railway action council
The demand for the Nilambur-Nanjangud railway line is more than 100 years old. The first proposal for this line was presented in the budget of the People's Council of Mysore in 1881.After that, various surveys had been conducted but to no avail. As per the preliminary survey of the Railway Ministry, which was held around three years ago, the total expenditure of the proposed railway from Nanjangud to Nilambur was estimated at Rs.1,742.109 crore.

But this proposal was cancelled later on the grounds that this line would not be profitable and the project required special permission of the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment.K.J. Devassya, general secretary of the action council, alleged that a lobby working for the Coimbatore-Chamarajnagar railway line was jeopardising the efforts for the Nilambur-Nanjangud railway line.

If the railway line came into being, more than 200 km could be saved along the Kochi-Bangalore route, he said.The proposed railway line passes through Yechagundal, Hura, Yeswanthapura, Chikka Birring and Mavinahalla in Karnataka; Ayyan Kolly and Cherankode in Tamil Nadu and Cheeral, Vaduvanchal, Vellarimala, Glenrock, Birla Forest, Vazhikkadavu, Edakkara and Nilambur town in Kerala.

If the project materialised, it would connect the remote villages in the three States and the people could save a lot of time and money. To realise the project, a 20-day symbolic survey of the people has been progressing under the auspices of the action council.The survey reports and further details will be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on November 10.


4 special trains to clear pilgrim rush

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway will run four special trains between Adilabad and Pandharpur via Parlivaijnath and Secunderabad on November 7 and 8 to clear extra rush of pilgrims attending 'Karthika Ekadasi' celebrations at Pandharpur.

Train no.737 will leave Adilabad at 8 p.m. on November 7 and reach Pandharpur at 10.35 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train no.738 will depart Pandharpur at 8 p.m. on November 8 and reach Adilabad at 12.30 p.m. the next day.En route, these trains will stop at Kinwat, Himayatnagar, Bhokar, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Gangakher, Parlivaijnath, Latur Road, Latur, Usmanabad, Barsi Town, Kurdwadi and Modilimb.

They will have 18 coaches -- four sleeper class, 12 general second class and two second class luggage-cum-brake van coaches.A press release issued by the SCR here on Monday said the Adilabad-Pandharpur special train will run via Nizamabad and Secunderabad (two services).

Train no.737 will depart Adilabad at 9.30 p.m. on November 10, arrive/depart Secunderabad at 9/9.02. a.m. on November 11 and reach Pandharpur at 7.30 p.m. the same day. In the return direction, train no.738-A will depart Pandharpur at 11.35 p.m. on November 13 and arrive/depart Secunderabad at 9/9.02 a.m. the next day.En route these trains will stop at Kinwat, Himayatnagar, Bhokar, Mudkhed, Dharmabad, Basar, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Medchal, Secunderabad, Vikarabad, Tandur, Wadi, Gulbarga, Solapur and Kurduwadi. They will have 18 coaches in all.


Special trains to Tiruchi

Special trains are to be operated between Madurai and Tiruchi from November 7 to 29, except on Sundays, to clear passenger rush.

According to a Southern Railway press release, 0695 Tiruchi-Madurai special will leave Tiruchi at 7.30 a.m. and reach Madurai at 10.50 a.m.

Train 0696 Madurai-Tiruchi special will leave Madurai at 5.10 p.m. and reach Tiruchi at 8.20 p.m.

The specials will stop at Manapparai, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Sholavandan and Koodal Nagar.

They will run with two air-conditioned two-tier, one air-conditioned three-tier, six sleeper class, one general second class and one second class-cum-luggage van coaches.

Advance reservation for the trains commences on November 5.


Relief train for passengers

The long pending demand for the operation of an inter-city train service between Tiruchi and Madurai has temporarily been addressed with the railway authorities announcing a special train from November 7-29 to clear the rush.

However, the composition of compartments of the special train leaves much to be desired, public feel. On both sides, the new, daytime train will have only two general second class coaches. The rest - one AC 2-tier, one AC 3-tier and six sleeper class - constitute reserved compartments.

The Train (0695) Tiruchi-Madurai special will leave Tiruchi at 7.30 a.m. on all days except Sundays and arrive Madurai at 10.50 a.m. In the return direction, Train No. 0696 Madurai-Tiruchi special will leave Madurai at 5.10 p.m. on all days barring Sundays and arrive Tiruchi at 8.20 p.m.

The trains will stop at Manapparai, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Sholavandan and Kudal Nagar. The sleeper class ticket fare including reservation charges from Tiruchi to Madurai will be Rs. 141; Rs. 276 in the case of AC 3-tier and Rs. 372 for second AC. The unreserved ticket fare will be Rs. 48. The reservation for this train commences on Wednesday.

A cross section of people question the logic of introducing a day-time train with sleeper class coaches for a travel time that is only a little over three hours. Finding fault with the train composition and the fare structure, the public are eager for continuity of the train on a permanent basis. C. Ramalingam of Woraiyur, a frequent traveller, pointed out that more passengers could be attracted only by running general coaches. Surprisingly, the reserved ticket fare in the superfast Vaigai Express from Tiruchi to Madurai is only Rs. 72 and the fare in the passenger trains is only Rs. 25. Barring the Guruvayur-Chennai Express, Madurai-Chennai Vaigai Superfast Express and the Tirunelveli-Mayiladuturai Passenger, there are no day time trains from Tiruchi to Madurai. Bus services on the route are ever on the rise.

Source: The Hindu

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