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Railway budget cheers residents

Staff Reporter


Appeal to start electrification of Tiruchi-Karur-Erode and Dindigul-Karur-Erode sections


KARUR: Rail users, commuters and public in Karur have hailed the Railway Budget presented by the Railway Minister Mamta Bannerjee and said that announcement on new trains would bring cheers to the people of the region.

New train services linking Karur and the announcement on continuation of the Karur-Tiruchi passenger service all through the week have come in for special praise.

However, the public who have been expecting announcement on electrification plans for Tiruchi-Erode and Dindigul-Erode sections have been disappointed as the proposal did not find mention in the budget.

Lauding the Railway Minister for sparing passengers from fare hike, the Karur District Train Travellers' Welfare Association president S.Annadurai observed that sops for senior citizens, senior women citizens, and the thrust on Namakkal-Karur new broad gauge project would help the public.

What was especially heartening for the rail users was the announcement on new trains linking Karur such as the Coimbatore-Thoothukudi Express, Dwaraka-Thoothukudi Express, and Vasco da Gama-Velankanni Express, Mr. Annadurai pointed out.

The Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee Member Shahul Hameed though conceding that some good things have been announced, wanted the promises in the pervious budgets to be fulfilled.

Mr. Shahul Hameed urged the Railway Minister to consider the electrification proposal for Tiruchi-Karur-Erode and Dindigul-Karur-Erode sections at an estimated cost of Rs.151.83 crore.

The Southern Railway authorities had intimated that the proposal has been forwarded to the Board for consideration and inclusion in the Rail Budget 2011-12, he said.

Increased quota for Karur passengers and increase in the number of unreserved coaches in the Karur-Chennai section would help public of the region, he added.

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