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Passengers Assn wants more trains

Posted on Dec 21, 10:06AM | UNI

Western India Passengers Association in Kerala has submitted a memorandum to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy demanding an additional daily superfast train from Mumbai to this State Capital.

The Association urged the Chief Miniter to take up the issue with the Union Railway Minister immediately to introduce more trains in the forthcoming Railway Budget.

Pointing out that the All India Railway Time Table Committee is meeting at Goa in the first week of January 2013 to finalize proposals for new Trains in the Railway Budget to be presented in February 2013, the Association, in a release here today,claimed the Divisional Railway Manager, Trivandrum, had not recommended any new train from here, this year also.

The demand for a second Daily Mumbai-Kerala train was 28 years old, the Association claimed in the Memoranadum.

The promise given then was, as soon as the Konkan Railway (KRCL) was opened, a new daily train would run to Trivandrum via Konkan Railway.

However, what happened was the diversion of the Netravati Express via KRCL and extension up to Trivandrum via Alleppey.

There was no new Daily train till today.

There was still space to run one more train to run between Mumbai and Kerala on the Konkan Railway in which Keral was one of the partners.

A new train from Mumbai through Konkan and another from Malabar to Hyderabad were a bare minimum requirement which the association had discussed with the Railway authorities, they claimed.