CHENNAI:The survivors of Thursday’s gory accident said the fast train from Chengalpattu runs late almost every day. As the number of the services is less, the trains are always overcrowded forcing passengers to travel on the footboard.
“The train is always late. Today also it was late. It is always overcrowded, but compared to other days it was better,” says Madhusudanan (27) who was one among the four severely injured.
According to passengers, it was the limited services that made the trains overcrowded everyday.
“Chengalpattu-Beach (fast track) train is scheduled to reach Urapakkam railway station at 8.15 am. But on Wednesday it came around 8.40 am and on Thursday it came at 8.30 am. Hundreds of office goers prefer this train as it has limited stoppages and hence would reach the city quickly. The Tirumalpur - Beach (fast track) service is also there. But it does not stop at these stations. So most office-goers prefer the Chengalpattu-Beach train resulting in overcrowded compartments.”
They said there are services for every five to 10 minutes from Tambaram to Beach. The Chengalpattu-Beach service is limited even during peak hours leading to a mad rush.