Trichy: Passengers have demanded that railways operate conventional coaches instead of diesel electric multiple units (DEMU) on the newly-converted broad gauge line on the Tiruvarur – Karaikudi section of the Trichy railway division.
While appreciating the railways for sending a proposal to the railway board to operate two passenger trains on the line, passengers pointed out that the section was a longer one with a running time of over 3 hours which necessitated use of conventional coaches.
“The spare ICF conventional coaches now available after conversion of various superfast express trains into LHB coaches may be utilized in the section”, said the adviser of Thanjavur District Rail Users Association A Giri. Pandiyan, Rockfort, Pothigai, Nellai express trains, Pearl City and Kanyakumari express trains have received LHB coaches, he added.
The proposed passenger trains would commence operation after completion of inspection by the commissioner of railway safety between the newly converted Tiruvarur – Pattukottai section via Thiruthuraipoondi. The inspection which began on March 26 would continue for four days. The association also wanted one of the three passenger services operated between Villupuram and Madurai to be extended to Karaikudi via Pattukottai.
Moreover, Pattukottai, Thiruthuraipoondi, Aranthangi needed overnight train connectivity to Chennai. Hence, new train service between Rameswaram and Tambaram via Karaikudi and Pattukottai should also be introduced along with the opening of the converted gauge section, Giri opined. “The feasibility of connecting Pattukottai with Karaikal through a direct train should be looked into and implemented in the next timetable revision. Stoppages at Pattukottai should be given to all passing trains at the introduction stage itself”, he further stated.