Signature campaign in Kovai to restore trains via Pollachi

A joint forum, comprising members of various political parties, held a signature campaign at Coimbatore railway station on Wednesday, demanding to restore train services that were stopped during gauge conversion on Coimbatore-Pollachi route.
Signature campaign in Kovai to restore trains via Pollachi
Members of various political parties, led by MP PR Natarajan, hold a signature campaign at Coimbatore railway

Coimbatore

Even though the conversion works got over almost two years ago, the Railways had failed to resume the operations of trains to southern districts, said CPI(M) MP PR Natarajan, who spearheaded the campaign.

Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (TPDK) general secretary K Ramakrishnan said that Coimbatore has been witnessing heavy traffic snarls in areas like Ukkadam and Eachanari due to ongoing flyover works.

“The traffic congestion in arterial city could reduce significantly if more trains were operated to Pollachi from Coimbatore. The district administration and police too should insist on the Railways to operate more trains to ease traffic woes,” he added.

The protesting members received signatures from passengers at the station demanding resumption of the Coimbatore-Thoothukudi, Coimbatore-Rameswaram, Coimbatore-Madurai services and an overnight train to Bengaluru. More than ten trains were operated through the Coimbatore-Pollachi route to southern districts before gauge conversion, said sources.

Members of the CPI(M), the DMK, the MDMK, the VCK, the TPDK and a few other organisations participated in the signature campaign, and the signatures will be submitted to the authorities concerned.

Opposition political parties have threatened to intensify their agitation if the Railways still fail to heed to their demand to operate trains to southern districts through Pollachi.

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