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Jun 04 (10:28)   Minister’s plea for train to Chennai originating from Dindigul - TAMIL NADU - The Hindu

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Minister for Forests C. Srinivasan on Sunday appealed to the Southern Railway to operate a train to Chennai that originated from Dindigul to meet the growing demand of passengers.
Inaugurating three lifts, Hi-Fi service and a foot overbridge at Dindigul railway station on Sunday, he said the facilities in Dindigul junction were very less when compared to facilities available in cities such as Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem. He said Pandiyan Express must be stopped on first platform instead of third platform as people had to walk at least half a km to the air-conditioned coaches. To prevent delay, the departure time of the train at Madurai could be altered suitably, he said.
Railway Manager Neenu Ittyerah said the three passenger lifts with a capacity of 13 persons each for platforms 1-2, 3 and 4-5, each costing Rs. 50 lakh, were commissioned for th benefit of differently abled people, aged, women and children. The foot overbridge, constructed on an outlay of Rs. 60 lakh, would reduce congestion at the main entrance and benefit people residing on the west side of the station. It formed part of a plan to develop a second entry on the western side de-congest the junction by shifting many utilities from the eastern sideThe Wi-Fi service would help passengers to check PNR status and to know the availability of other facilities on the station concourse, platforms and waiting halls. Dindigul, an A-category station, had been receiving a footfall of 15,000 on an average daily, she said.
The Madurai railway division had a positive start in April, serving 42 lakh passengers against 36 lakh in the corresponding period last year and earning Rs. 41.61 crore on the passenger front, against Rs. 37.77 crore last year. The overall earnings in April was Rs. 61.82 crore, against Rs. 54.14 crore in the corresponding period last year.
Punctuality of express and passenger trains had been maintained at 92.8%. To clear summer rush, 253 special trains were operated, she added.
Dindigul MP M. Udhayakumar demanded escalator facility and additional trains, especially a day train to Chennai that started from Dindigul. He also appealed for more facilities at the VIP lounge.
He said two coaches must be attached to the Palakkad-Tiruchendur passenger train at Palani as all the seats were filled in Pollachi itself leaving little space for the large number of devoteees boarding at to Palani.

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