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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Madurai-Chennai double decker trains sought

The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Southern Railways to introduce double decker train services between Madurai and Chennai, similar to those introduced by Western Railway in Pune-Mumbai and Surat-Mumbai sections.

The demand was made in a memorandum submitted to the Southern Railway General Manager Thomas Varghese during his recent visit to the city.

According to a press release from the chamber, the introduction of the double decker facility will reduce the prevailing traffic congestion and demand in the sector.

The chamber also appealed for the early completion of the reconnaissance engineering-cum-traffic survey of Madurai-Kottayam sector and the subsequent implementation of the project, which would promote trade and also provide a link between Tuticorin and Cochin harbours.

Another demand put forward by the chamber was the establishment of computer reservation centre on the eastern side of Madurai at Teppakulam to cater to the needs of passengers from that side.

The sprucing up of East Madurai Railway Station with all basic amenities against the backdrop of the resumption of train services in Madurai-Manamadurai section and expected service resumption in Madurai-Rameswaram sector was also pointed out during the parley.

MADITSSIA DEMAND: The Madurai District Tiny & Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) in its memorandum submitted to the general manager during the same meeting, requested for one more day train in Madurai-Bangalore route and the introduction of a new train between Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Apart from that, MADITSSIA demanded the introduction of a direct train between Madurai and Tirupathi, extension of services of Tenkasi-Chennai train on a daily basis, extension of Bodinaickanur line up to Kottayam for the benefit of Sabarimala pilgrims and laying of new track between Kanyakumari and Chengalpet.

Source: New Ind Press

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