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Plea to stop all trains at Tiruverumbur

Residents of Tiruverumbur and several residential colonies in its vicinity are eagerly awaiting the Railway Ministry’s response to the plea made recently by Tiruchi MP P. Kumar for stoppage of express trains at Tiruverumbur station.

Rail passengers keenly expect that a decision will be made before preparing the next time table. Raising the issue in the Parliament recently, Mr. Kumar said Tiruverumbur station has not received its due attention after it was upgraded to Adarsh status. The stoppage of express trains will be of immense benefit to residents in BHEL Township, OFT, HAPP, Tiruverumbur town, Thuvakudi, and several other localities, he said.

“Presently only the Mysore Express stops at the station. Excluding the Jan Shatabdi, there are eight pairs of express trains that do not stop at the station,” said G. Shanmugavelu, Advisor, Tamil Nadu Makkal Valarchi Kuzhu.

Now that track doubling work between Tiruchi and Thanjavur has been completed, the railway authorities must not delay stoppage of express trains at Tiruverumbur any more.

The Tamil Nadu Makkal Valarchi Kuzhu had, for the time being, postponed its proposed red flag demonstration at the station demanding stoppage of all express trains, its president N. Anbalagan said.

People feel let down since the railway authorities had not taken any steps for improvement of the facilities at the station. “There are not toilets at the station which also requires deployment of railway protection force,” Mr. Anbalagan said.

Meanwhile, the railway authorities have issued notices to encroachers on the path of the railway station from the Thanjavur highway.

The encroachments block the path for a distance of about 200 metres from the main road, obstructing two-way movement of four-wheelers.

In all probability, the railway authorities will clear the encroachments in the coming months, the sources said.

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