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News Entry# 287678
Dec 05 2016 (08:05)  Plea to regularise Nagercoil-Chennai Egmore special train (www.thehindu.com)
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The Kanniyakumari District Railway Users’ Association (KDRUA) has demanded the regularisation of the Nagercoil-Chennai Egmore weekly Sunday special train.
In a release issued here, its general secretary P. Edward Jeni said that though Kanniyakumari district is part of the Trivandrum division of the Southern Railway, the district needs more trains operating via Madurai and other cities to Chennai.
The Southern Railway has been operating a seasonal weekly special train between Nagercoil and Chennai.
train starts from Nagercoil on Sundays and from Chennai on Mondays. This is useful for weekend passengers who go to Chennai from Nagercoil.
For the past 15 years this weekly special is managed using lie-over time of 16335/36 Gandhidam - Nagercoil Express. This rake is consistently being used to operate the Sunday special.
Similar trains in Kerala (Trivandrum, Ernakulam) have been regularised and made permanent trains (using the rake of 16334/16333 Thiruvananthapuram - Veraval Express as Trivandrum – Chennai Central weekly train and using the rake of 16338/16337 Ernakulam - Okha Express as Ernakulam – Bangalore bi weekly.
Thus the association has appealed to the government to make it as a permanent weekly train from Nagercoil to Chennai in the next budget.
For implementing these suggestions, the Railways do not need any additional resources, Mr. Jeni said.
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