COIMBATORE: Pollachi Lok Sabha MP Shanmuga Sundaram has written to the Palakkad divisional railway manager (DRM) seeking to resume train services in the Podanur-Kinathukadavu–Pollachi section.
In his letter to Trilok Kothari, Shanmuga Sundaram said train services were not restored for over four years after the gauge conversion work in this section despite Kinathukadavu and Pollachi railway stations falling under the Palakkad railway division.
The trains services between Coimbatore–Rameswaram, Coimbatore-Tuticorin, Coimbatore–Madurai, Coimbatore–Kollam in the Coimbatore–Kinathukadavu– Pollachi– Dindigul section were not restored after gauge conversion.
Pointing out that a foot over bridge constriction has been dragging on for almost three years at Kinathukadavu station citing Covid -19 pandemic, the MP said Palakkad railway division should consider the demand for operating train services as these are not new demands.
These train services were existing in the same section before gauge conversion.
The MP said people in his constituency were planning for an agitation against the step-motherly treatment meted out to Kinathukadavu and Pollachi railway stations which are part of Palakkad division.
Citing the increasing demand to merge these two stations with either Madurai or Salem railway divisions in Tamil Nadu, the MP sought adequate steps to resume train services. He also raised objection on the alleged attempts by the railway authorities to close the Kinathukadavu station by redeploying staff to other stations.


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